In late February, the Journal of the American Medical Association published an episode of its JAMA Clinical Reviews podcast titled, “Structural Racism for Doctors—What Is It?” In an accompanying tweet, the journal offered this eye-popping teaser: “No physician is racist, so how can there be structural racism in health care?” The answer, they promised, was in JAMA’s “user-friendly podcast,” a …
Tag Archives: Medicine
COVID-19 as analogy for antimicrobial resistance
Being in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic sets the right stage for us to ponder the problem of antimicrobial resistance, or AMR. What is exactly the connection between COVID-19 and AMR? To what extent is this connection a social science issue?
Although AMR is not at the forefront of the current pandemic, the COVID-19 pandemic does illustrate the …
A Year of Trans Childhood
Trans Kids: Being Gendered in the Twenty-First Century
University of California Press, 2018. 320 pages.
The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (and Their Parents) are Creating a Gender Revolution
NYU Press, 2018. 288 pages.
Trans young people are a matter of vital attention in the United States. Recently, trans-identified youth have figured in arguments about healthcare…
Searching, Studying and Doing Sociology in the Medico-Legal Borderlands
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?
Through a 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 …
Book Forum––Sabine Arnaud’s On Hysteria
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 …