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Book Forum––Introduction, Jeremy Greene’s “Generic”

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Welcome to our inaugural “Book Forum.”  Our aim is simple: to promote lively exchange between a group of scholars and an author, allowing for experimental and inventive engagements that are not so much about evaluation but rather draw on concepts and shared commitments.  It’s probably worth noting that Somatosphere will continue to feature book reviews, which have been a mainstay …

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Zabala’s Chagas Disease in Argentina

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La enfermedad de Chagas en Argentina. Investigación científica, problemas sociales y políticas sanitarias

[Chagas disease in Argentina. Scientific research, social problems and health policies]

By Juan Pablo Zabala

Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina. 2010. 360 pages.

 

“Mal de Chagas” is a disease that affects 2.5 million people in Argentina and 8 million in Latin America. Caused by the parasite …

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Global Health in Times of Violence

Global Health in Times of Violence

Edited by Barbara Rylko-Bauer, Linda Whiteford and Paul Farmer

SAR Press, 2009, 304 pages

 

Global Heath in Times of Violence is a fantastic book that belongs on the syllabus of every medical anthropology and global health course, particularly those focusing on the social determinants of health. This volume, edited by Barbara Rylko-Bauer, …

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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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Research at the medico-legal borderland: perspectives on HIV and criminal law

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In recent years, the criminalization of HIV transmission, exposure and non-disclosure has become a hot topic among those working within the global AIDS milieu.  Social scientists have become increasingly attentive to the complex and varied consequences and impacts of HIV criminalization. Not surprisingly, at this year’s Association of the Social Science and Humanities on HIV (ASSHH) Conference there was a …

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Emily Mendenhall’s Syndemic Suffering

Syndemic Suffering:
Social Distress, Depression, and Diabetes Among Mexican Immigrant Women

By Emily Mendenhall

Left Coast Press Inc., 2012
Hardcover, 145 pages
US $28.45

In Syndemic Suffering, Emily Mendenhall explores the interactive relationship between myriad forms of violence, social suffering, and chronic disease, including diabetes and depression. Positioned between public health and critical medical anthropology, Mendenhall offers a comprehensive …