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Web Roundup: Public and Private

Last month Matthew Dalstrom linked to web content on abortion and patent laws. The divide between public and private, and questions such as: Is what’s private really always political? inspire this month’s short web roundup.
The Open Access movement has a vocal political agenda. In academic publishing, and also in anthropology as an academic field, one argument is that …

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On “Activism”

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As the International AIDS Conference (aka “AIDS 2012”) approaches, it is fitting to consider the meaning of activism in the response to the epidemic.  Historically, not only is the conference a venue for sharing scientific findings, program experiences, and policy implications at a huge, global scale (the conference attracts over 25,000 attendees and is broadcast in real time in many …

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PrEP: time to rethink prevention, effectiveness and ethics?

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PrEP: time to rethink prevention, effectiveness and ethics?

One of the more controversial interventions proposed for HIV prevention in those who test HIV antibody negative and perceived to be at risk is pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) – a daily pill comprising one or two antiretroviral drugs manufactured by Gilead Inc.  Besides the mixed results from multi-site randomised controlled trials (RCTs) seeking …

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Preamble to an Ethnography of the People’s Mic

I am not afraid to confess feeling swept, against my will, into the whirlpool of news coverage from Zuccotti Park.  To begin with, initial media reports on Occupy Wall Street seemed almost proudly negligent in their characterizations of protesters’ manifold and serious grievances with the state of this country.  While New York Times protest reporters N.R. Kleinfeld and Cara Buckley …

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“Science” versus “public understanding”? Some thoughts on the distinction…

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Note: Corrected post. I have replaced “mission” with “Long-Range Plan” where necessary. This does not change the primary comments and questions of the original post; no other content has been altered.

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They blinded me with science: further thoughts on the AAA controversy

A few thoughts regarding the recent controversy stemming from the AAA executive board’s revision of the association’s statement of purpose which removed explicit descriptions of anthropology as “science.”

First off, I want to make clear that Jacob Hickman’s post on this issue does not necessarily reflect the views of all the contributors to Somatosphere.  That should be self-evident, but given …