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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 …

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Sharing “impediments and catalysts”: notes on the MAYS meeting in Tarragona, June 10-11 2013

From June 10th to June 14th, the Catalan city of Tarragona, Spain, saw its population rise by about 500, as medical anthropologists from over 51 countries arrived for two associated conferences, the Medical Anthropology Young Scholars (MAYS) Annual Meeting and the Joint International EASA-SMA Medical Anthropology Conference. While the EASA-SMA conference certainly took the central stage, the MAYS Annual …

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Karen Nakamura’s A Disability of the Soul

A Disability of the Soul:
An Ethnography of Schizophrenia and Mental Illness in Contemporary Japan

by Karen Nakamura

Cornell University Press, 2013

US $24.95, Paperback + DVD

 

It takes a strong heart and an open mind to study something like schizophrenia. No doubt many anthropologists have taken on this courageous task, many to be eventually rewarded with pieces of …

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A Conversation with Paul Brodwin

Paul Brodwin is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Adjunct Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is the author of Medicine and Morality in Haiti: The Contest for Healing Power (Cambridge U Press, 1996), editor of Biotechnology and Culture: Bodies, Anxieties, Ethics (Indiana U Press, 2000) and coeditor of Pain

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A Conversation with Karen Nakamura

[This article is being cross-posted at the blogs of the Foundation for Psychocultural Research (FPR) and the FPR-UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, Development and Mental Health (CBDMH). Thanks to the FPR’s Constance Cummings for sharing this post with Somatosphere].

Science writer Karen A. Frenkel interviews anthropologist Karen Nakamura for the FPR.

 

Karen Nakamura is Associate Professor of Anthropology and

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Todd Meyers’ The Clinic and Elsewhere

Todd Meyers, our own book review editor here at Somatosphere and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Wayne State University, has written a phenomenal book titled The Clinic and Elsewhere: Addiction, Adolescents, and the Afterlife of Therapy, which should be on the bookshelf of any social scientist interested in biomedicine’s clinical practices and spaces, as well as, of course, …