Features

Making up “persons” in personalized medicine with metabolomics

Imagine a world where you can walk into a hospital, submit a urine and blood sample, and be told 20 minutes later that you not only have a particular type of ear infection, but also a 50% chance of developing diabetes in the next ten years.  Such is the promise of “personalized medicine,” in which the development of molecular diagnostics …

Books

Alexander Edmonds’ Pretty Modern

Pretty Modern: Beauty, Sex, and Plastic Surgery in Brazil

by Alexander Edmonds

Duke University Press, 2010, 321pp
$24.95 paperback

 

In Pretty Modern: Beauty, Sex, and Plastic Surgery in Brazil, Alexander Edmonds situates plastic surgery within the medical, economic and psychological landscape of consumer capitalism in modern Brazil, unveiling a specific and intriguing socio-medical discourse of the “right to …

Teaching Resources

Illness and subjectivity: a syllabus

When I was in graduate school during the early 2000s, there was a lot of discussion taking place about “subjectivity.”  I found much of this conversation deeply confusing, in part because so little was being done pedagogically to sort out the work being carried out under this term from research under a number of cognate rubrics such as “self” and …

Books

Emily Wentzell’s Maturing Masculinities

Maturing Masculinities:
Aging, Chronic Illness and Viagra in Mexico

by Emily Wentzell

Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2013.
US$23.95, Paperback

 

The medicalization and marketing of pharmaceuticals linked to men’s health uses specified bodily imagery and discourses, more often than not evoking stereotypes of ‘manliness’ and hegemonic ideals of masculinities (Connell & Messerschmidt 2005). It is thus no surprise …

Books

Book review – Elizabeth Anne Davis’ Bad Souls

Bad Souls: Madness and Responsibility in Modern Greece

Elizabeth Anne Davis

Duke University Press, 2012

344pp., US $25.95 paperback

 

Psychiatric care seems to be ever marred by the problematic and contingent relationships it fosters. Patient and physician, nurse and therapist, administration and action snag on the ideals and shortcomings of each other’s missions. In Elizabeth Anne Davis’ haunting ethnography, …

Features

“Abstinence doesn’t work, so use condoms”: Critical responses to Christian youth sexualities and HIV prevention in Africa

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Sometime towards the end of May, this year, then-29 year-old Olympic athlete Lolo Jones revealed that she was still a virgin and she described this as the most difficult thing that she has ever done. Yes, she clarified, training for the Olympics was not nearly as difficult as remaining a virgin. A week following Lolo’s comments, a female guest on …