Features

Human

One almost feels sorry for the human these days.  After a heady flight toward near divinity, the figure has tumbled, Icarus-like, down from the intellectual firmament to a posthuman sea of forms, forces and flows large and small.  Even anthropology (the very citadel of anthropos!) is now awash with multispecies mashups, circulating microbes and wandering genes, not to mention zombie …

Books

Top of the heap: Paul Rabinow and Joshua Craze

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In this installment of “Top of the heap”, Berkeley anthropology professor Paul Rabinow and his student Joshua Craze share titles that span music, humanitarianism, witnessing, and photography.

Paul Rabinow

Peter Brown: Through the Eye of the Needle (Princeton, 2012) 

An extraordinarily important book, Through the Eye of the Needle, is a kind of summa of historian Peter Brown’s life …

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The biopolitics of maternal mortality: Anthropological observations from the Women Deliver Conference in Kuala Lumpur

Historically, attempts to alter the conditions and cultures of maternity and motherhood have been part of the civilizing projects of colonialism and the modernizing agendas of international development.  The goals have varied over time and space — from the prevention of maternal and infant deaths amidst fears of a depleted labour pool, to the prevention of “excessive fertility” amidst fears …

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Top of the heap: Richard Keller

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Untitled, 2011. Artist: Miler Lagos.

For this latest “Top of the heap” we got in touch with Richard Keller, of the Department of Medical History and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and he sent us this list of his favorite recent reads:

Richard Keller

Rob Nixon, Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard …

Web Roundups

Web Roundup: Hurricane “relief” and Marijuana legalization

This month’s web roundup highlights two issues that have been in the news this November: Hurricane Sandy relief, and marijuana legalization. Both topics offer resonances with medical anthropology. At the end of the post, you’ll also find a list of articles on broader topics of interest to Somatosphere readers. Happy thanksgiving travel reading, everyone!

 

Hurricane Sandy relief

The concept …