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Claire Decoteau’s Ancestors and Antiretrovirals

Ancestors and Antiretrovirals:
The Biopolitics of HIV/AIDS in Post-Apartheid South Africa

by Claire Laurier Decoteau

University of Chicago Press, 2013, 324 pp.

 

The specter of “tradition versus modernity” returns as a conundrum for understanding and signifying HIV/AIDS in post-apartheid South Africa in Claire Decoteau’s sociological monograph, Ancestors and Antiretrovirals. Interpretive social scientists like Decoteau are well trained to …

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Cheryl Mattingly’s The Paradox of Hope

The Paradox of Hope:
Journeys through a Clinical Borderland

By Cheryl Mattingly
University of California Press, 2010, 288 pp.

Offered as a philosophical anthropology, The Paradox of Hope: Journeys through a Clinical Borderland is intended as a meditation on hope in “in all its vagaries, vulnerabilities, and paradoxes” (233).  As a book grounded as much in ethnographic particulars as it …

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Beyond Chronicity and Culpability: Toward A New Ethic of Care

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A Commentary on Angela Garcia’s The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession along the Rio Grande
University of California Press, 2010
264 pp., US$ 28.95 (paperback)

In his sprawling and widely lauded novel Infinite Jest, the late David Foster Wallace offers a riveting portrait of modern addiction. Scenes of the banality of Twelve-Step programs drew on Wallace’s own experiences in …

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The Clinic (Inside Out): and (a series of) Elsewhere(s)

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The Clinic and Elsewhere: Addiction, Adolescents, and the Afterlife of Therapy

by Todd Meyers

University of Washington Press, 2013
172 pp, US$25.00 (paperback)

The Clinic and Elsewhere is an extremely well-crafted account of the methodological, conceptual and narrative problems of knowledge and life of the afterlife of drug therapy.  Todd Meyers gives expressive form to the attempt to cure, to …

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Margaret Lock’s The Alzheimer Conundrum

The Alzheimer Conundrum: Entanglements of Dementia and Aging

by Margaret Lock

Princeton University Press, 2013. 
328 pages, US $29.95 (Cloth)

 

Margaret Lock’s The Alzheimer Conundrum: Entanglements of Dementia and Aging is a welcome addition to a body of work that has so productively explored the historical contingencies, cultural specificities, and philosophical dilemmas that surround and shape bodies and people’s …

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Emily Wentzell’s Maturing Masculinities

Maturing Masculinities:
Aging, Chronic Illness and Viagra in Mexico

by Emily Wentzell

Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2013.
US$23.95, Paperback

 

The medicalization and marketing of pharmaceuticals linked to men’s health uses specified bodily imagery and discourses, more often than not evoking stereotypes of ‘manliness’ and hegemonic ideals of masculinities (Connell & Messerschmidt 2005). It is thus no surprise …