Features

Concussion’s Memory Problem

In the lead-up to this year’s Superbowl, a surge of scientists, celebrities, athletes and everyday citizens all weighed in, many with tongues-in-cheek, to a so-called scandal about the deflation of game balls prepared by one of the competing teams. While popular media bubbled with the latest news for nearly two weeks, a simultaneous commentary was launched by some

Web Roundups

Web Roundup: Technology and storytelling

Inspired by last month’s post, I decided to format this post loosely around the theme of storytelling. Storytelling is fundamental to many of our lives, both academic and otherwise, and numerous new formats for telling, collecting, and archiving stories are cropping up. This post focuses on the ways in which technology is shaping and changing the kinds of stories we …

Books

Book Review: P. Sean Brotherton’s Revolutionary Medicine

Revolutionary Medicine: Health and the Body in Post-Soviet Cuba

by P. Sean Brotherton

Duke University Press, 2012

288 pgs., US $24.95 (paperback)

Reviewed by Amy Cooper (University of Chicago)

In Revolutionary Medicine, P. Sean Brotherton presents a rich ethnographic analysis of health and medicine in Cuba since the late 1990s, examining state medical institutions, the everyday practices of doctors, …

Books

Contemporary States of Emergency

Contemporary States of Emergency: The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions. Edited by Didier Fassin and Mariella Pandolfi

Zone Books, 2010
408 pp., $36.95 (hardback)

Reviewed by Ross Parsons
(Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Africa University, Zimbabwe)

A recent Zimbabwean joke had it that ‘if the four horsemen of the Apocalypse had not already arrived, then there were …

Books

Disaster and the Politics of Intervention


Disaster and the Politics of Intervention
Edited by
Andrew Lakoff

Columbia University Press, May 2010
160 pages, $15.00 (paperback)

Reviewed by Jennifer Ilo Van Nuil

Tsunamis, hurricanes, volcanoes, pandemics, global warming, and financial crises: lately, catastrophes have become part of a larger conversation about the varied nature of disaster and intervention. Bridging case studies of disasters from around the globe, …

In the Journals

Peter Benson on “Safe Cigarettes” and FDA regulation of tobacco products

In an upcoming issue of Dialectical Anthropology – already available online – Peter Benson has a very interesting article in which he examines the issues surrounding a bill passed earlier this year, which placed tobacco products under the regulatory aegis of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  I was able to read this paper earlier as a discussant …