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Side Effect

Environmental researchers have recently documented that American rivers and lakes are filled with highly medicated fish – doped on a wide spectrum of antidepressants.  It turns out that Americans are treated for anxiety, depression, and fear at such high rates these days that a huge amount of un-metabolized pharmaceutical-grade chemicals simply flush through their bodies every day, out into sewers, …

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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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From disability stigma to disability value: Notes from research on disability in urban India

I am a medical anthropologist who researches deaf and disabled peoples’ social, moral, and economic practices in urban India. When speaking with colleagues and friends in the United States and elsewhere, I am invariably asked about the existence of stigma in India and whether deaf or disabled people are treated as stigmatized. People also ask me about pollution and if …

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From Chicken Sheds to Random Control Trials: A Commentary on the “Bio-Social Methods for a Vitalist Social Science” Workshop

The “Bio-Social Methods for a Vitalist Social Science” Workshop – held at the University of Birmingham on July 16, 2013 -  aimed to reaffirm the role of the social sciences in a time when insights from behavioural science such as social psychology, behavioural economics, environmental psychology, neuroeconomics, and neuroscience are increasing being used to justify new policy mechanisms in the …

Books

Book review: Clara Han’s Life in Debt

Life in Debt: Times of Care and Violence in Neoliberal Chile

by Clara Han

University of California Press, 2012

298 pp, US$26.95 paperback

 

Life in Debt is not an easy read. This ethnography of care and violence—intimate, political and governmental— in La Pincoya, a poor neighborhood of neoliberal Santiago, effectively draws the reader into the everyday rhythms of its …

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HIV testing, neoliberal governance, and the new moral regime of gay health in Taiwan

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Recent developments in global AIDS governance have focused on the need to tackle HIV/AIDS-related stigma, which is regarded as subjecting PLHA to social exclusion and hampering overall prevention efforts. Endorsed by UNAIDS and disseminated by the transnational network of NGOs, de-stigmatisation strategies, either through policy or activism, have come to mark a key aspect of the current glocal response to …