Web Roundups

Web Roundup: Organ Transfer in Open Spaces

July’s web roundup will focus on recent conversations around organ transfer and its public perception.  Organ transfer, with its complex and oftentimes invisible circuits of body parts, donors, recipients, doctors, markets and the state, is particularly ripe for intervention by social scientists. Ethan Watters’ profile of anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes at Pacific Standard says that her work on organ transfer was, …

Books

Ilana Lӧwy’s Preventive Strikes

Preventive Strikes
Women, Precancer, and prophylactic Surgery

by Ilana Löwy

Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010, 344 pages

In April 2014, an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association identified a disturbing correlation between cancer screening and “overtreatment.”   Mammography, it turns out, may result in some women enduring grueling therapies that they do not even need.  In fact, some …

Features

“Addressing Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities”: A Conference Report

An interdisciplinary group of experts on health and medicine gathered in Austin, Texas on September 23-24, 2013 for a two-day conference and working group, “Addressing Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities: Best Practices for Clinical Care and Medical Education in the 21st Century” (ARHD).  Organized by Deborah Bolnick, ARHD invited participants and attendees to examine how erroneous beliefs regarding …

Books

Mary DeShazer’s Mammographies

Mammographies
The Cultural Discourses of Breast Cancer Narratives

by Mary K. DeShazer

University of Michigan Press, 2013. 258 pages

 

Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death among women and an increasing number of women nowadays live with the disease. How do breast cancer patients represent their experiences, and what potential for representation is afforded by the …

Books

Michelle Murphy’s Seizing the Means of Reproduction

Seizing the Means of Reproduction
Entanglements of Feminism, Health and Technoscience

by Michelle Murphy

Duke University Press, 2012.  259 pages

 

In the 1970s throughout the United States and Canada, health emerged as a feminist category around which a set of projects and goals crystallized and then diffused.  Michelle Murphy’s book Seizing the Means of Reproduction begins in California with …

Features

On dialogue: disability studies and science & technology studies

I am grateful to Somatosphere for inviting to me to write a post for the blog. I was asked to write about the relationship between disability studies and science and technology studies (STS). So in this blog post, I want to explore some particular ways of thinking about this relationship.

I have been writing for some time now about the …