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Interpreting Sexuality: Intellectually Disabled People and “Special” Educators in India

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 “Why does she like putting the glass bottle near her pee-hole? She couldn’t talk and tell us what was going on…what did she exactly want? What was in her mind?… [I]t was very hard to figure that out…but I had to keep working on this because we work with special children and we are special educators.”

Savita, a special educator …

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What Type of Governmentality is This? Or, how do we govern unknowns

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In Le Temps, a French newspaper, anthropologist Julie Billaud wrote that the governance of COVID-19 represents “a move towards a biopolitical mode of governance that aims to manage human collectives through statistics, indicators, and other measurement tools.”[i] Others are less convinced. Social theorist Joshua Clover has written in Critical Inquiry, a French online journal,that COVID-19 represents not …

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Daniel Defert’s Une vie politique (A Political Life)

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Une vie politiqueUne vie politique [A Political Life]

Interviews with P. Artières and E. Favereau, with the collaboration of Joséphine Gross.

by Daniel Defert

Editions du Seuil, Paris, 2014

 

On 25 September 1984, Daniel Defert wrote a letter to his friends proposing that they create a non-profit organization to address an emerging disease: AIDS. “In face of a medical crisis and …

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A Conversation with Paul Rabinow

Earlier this year I talked with Paul Rabinow about his most recent books –– The Accompaniment: Assembling the Contemporary (University of Chicago Press, 2011), Designing Human Practices: An Experiment with Synthetic Biology  (with Gaymon Bennett, University of Chicago, 2012), Demands of the Day: On the Logic of Anthropological Inquiry (with Anthony Stavrainakis, University of Chicago Press, 2013), and a fourth

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Socialism and the Psy-ences: The Past, the Post-, and the Beyond

The conference “From the New Socialist Person to Global Mental Health: The Psy-ences and Mental Health in East Central Europe and Eurasia” (April 29th-30th 2013, University of Chicago)* set out to examine the shifting objects of knowledge and programs of intervention associated with the psy-ences in the former socialist countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. …

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When anthropology meets science: An interview with Allan Young

The following is a modified version of an interview with Allan Young that first appeared in Altérités 6(1) 2009: 110-118. We thank the editors of Altérités for allowing us to publish it here.

Anthropologists have long been interested in the study of biomedicine, psychiatry and in the epistemology of science. With the rapid growth of the life sciences, neurosciences …