“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 …


Medical Imaginaries and Technological Futures: Transformations of Subjectivities in Biomedicine

This report highlights the activities of the Science, Technology and Medicine Interest Group (one of several special interest groups affiliated with the Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA)) at the 2011 Annual Meetings of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) conference in Cleveland, OH in early November. Within the broader structure of the SMA, STM promotes the anthropological …

In the Journals

“Investigating Emerging Biomedical Practices”: A Special Journal Issue

The September 2011 issue of the journal Science, Technology, & Human Values, is a special issue entitled “Investigating Emerging Biomedical Practices.” Situating the articles that compose the issue “within [an] intellectual tradition rooted in the borderlands of anthropology, science studies, and the history of science–altogether heavily influenced by feminism,” Kontopodis, Niewöhner, and Beck write in their introduction that the…


Toward an Anthropological Theory of Mind (AToM): Selves

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Last month a small, international gathering of twenty-seven anthropologists and psychologists took place at the Stanford Humanities Center, organized by Stanford anthropology professor Tanya Luhrmann and Culture and Mind postdoctoral fellows Julia Cassaniti, and Jocelyn Marrow, with financial support from the Robert Lemelson Foundation. (See end of post for full list of participants.

The session on “selves” in …


Book review: Zigon’s "HIV is God’s Blessing"

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Jarrett Zigon. “HIV Is God’s Blessing”: Rehabilitating Morality in Neoliberal Russia.

Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010. 280 pages. $24.95.

Reviewed by Tomas Matza (Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University)

Anthropologists have taken a keen interest in the way that the collapse of the Soviet Union has impacted the everyday lives of the people living in that region. The fact …


Nikolas Rose, “Governing Conduct in the Age of the Brain”

On March 29, 2011, Nikolas Rose gave a talk here at the University of Chicago entitled “Governing Conduct in the Age of the Brain.” The lecture, which was co-sponsored by the Clinical Ethnography Workshop, the Nicholson Center for British Studies, the Department of Political Science and the Medicine, Body, and Practice Workshop, is available for viewing in its entirety below.…