What is this nebulous sounding compound
concept, “medico-legal borderlands”? How has it been used by social scientists whose
ethnographic studies scratch at itches in the intersecting areas of human health
and illness and the organization and production of health care systems?
collection of four essays curated for this Somatosphere
series, we invite readers to join us …
Editor: The following is an introduction to a new Japanese translation of The body multiple. It can be purchased through Suiseisha publishers, as part of their series on The Anthropological Turn.
In 1982/3 I spent the academic year in Paris. There I lived in the Cité Universitaire—student housing that was built in the aftermath of the …
Sabine Arnaud’s On Hysteria: The Invention of a Medical Category Between 1670 and 1820 focuses on the socio-medical category before its better-known (and more heavily studied) late nineteenth century instantiations, not to trace the prehistory of hysteria from the seventeenth to early nineteenth centuries, but in order to demonstrate how hysteria takes unexpected form during these earlier epochs. The …