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Knowledge of living

It is time we anthropologists of biomedicine broaden our analytical scope. If it is the case that there is more to life than DNA, cells, tissues and organs; that there is more to disease than mutations, dysregulations and dysfunctions, then how is it that social studies of medicine have attained such a bio bent in recent decades? Of course, medicine …

Books

Top of the heap: Martyn Pickersgill

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This week Martyn Pickersgill of the University of Edinburgh speaks to “Top of the heap” about some recent books on humanitarianism, pharmaceuticals, dementia and expertise.

Martyn Pickersgill

Amongst other bits and pieces, I currently have two large projects on the go: one, on access to therapy in mental health, and the other, on neuroscience and family life. With regards to …

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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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‘Population Prescriptions:’ Pronatalism and the Fear of Underpopulation in Post-Soviet Russia

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“Russian Cross” – The Problem of Underpopulation

In May 2006, in his annual address to the Federal Assembly, then (and most likely soon to be again) President Vladimir Putin made a passionate statement about the dire demographic situation in Russia. He identified Russia’s decreasing population as a possible national security threat and as the most acute issue facing the country. …

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Health and medicine 20 years after the Soviet Union

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Nearly two decades have now passed since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Over the next several months we will be running a series of articles which consider a specific issues related to health and medicine in the former Soviet Union.  The articles comprising “20 Years After the Soviet Union” will highlight research by anthropologists and other social …

Lectures

Videos from "Science and Technology Studies: the Next 20 Years"

This past April Harvard’s Program on Science, Technology and Society hosted a conference “reflecting on the past twenty years of STS graduate study, and looking ahead to the next twenty.”  As the organizers explained in the meeting abstract:

“The meeting is in part a stock-taking. After two decades of increased
public funding for STS, what can we say about