Books

Osagie Obasogie’s Blinded By Sight

Blinded By Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind

by Osagie K. Obasogie

Stanford Law Books, Stanford University Press, 2014, 269 pp.

 

Osagie Obasogie’s Blinded by Sight is driven by a seemingly straightforward question: how do blind people understand race? To answer this, he divides his analysis into two parts. In the first half of the book, …

Books

Elizabeth Roberts’ God’s Laboratory

God’s Laboratory: Assisted Reproduction in the Andes

by Elizabeth F. S. Roberts

University of California Press, 2012, 273 pp.

 

In God’s Laboratory: Assisted Reproduction in the Andes, Elizabeth Roberts examines how science and spirituality are connected in the practice of in vitro fertilization (IVF) in Ecuador. This alone is a significant contribution to the anthropology of assisted reproduction, …

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Catherine Bliss’ Race Decoded

Race Decoded: The Genomic Fight for Social Justice

by Catherine Bliss

Stanford University Press, 2012. 280 pp., US$24.95 (paperback)

 

In Race Decoded: The Genomic Fight for Social Justice, Catherine Bliss explores how arguments against biological race after the discovery of the genome eventually fell back upon older discourses of racial difference. In her book, Bliss “…analyzes genomics’ rapid shift …

Features

Invisible Interlocutors and the Savage Slot: Conversations at “Medicine on the Edge”

Michel-Rolph Trouillot was present as a kind of invisible interlocutor at the “Medicine on the Edge” workshop held at UC Santa Cruz in early May of this year. (You can read my first post about the workshop here). Trouillot may seem like an unlikely interlocutor for a room full of (mostly) medical anthropologists and STS scholars, and …

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Book review: Anne Pollock’s Medicating Race

Medicating Race:Heart Disease and Durable Preoccupations with Difference

by Anne Pollock

Duke University Press, 2012

280 pp, US$23.95 paperback

 

Anne Pollock’s new book, Medicating Race, is a meditation on the history and present state of racialized (specifically African American) forms of heart disease.  As a history it is particularly interesting, documenting the emergence of the concept of ‘risk …

In the Journals

Special Issue: Anthropology & Medicine, “Irrational reproduction: new intersections of politics, gender, race, and class across the north-south divide”

The current issue of Anthropology & Medicine is a special issue entitled, “Irrational reproduction: new intersections of politics, gender, race, and class across the north-south divide”. In their introduction to the issue, Elizabeth L. Krause and Silvia De Zordo write:

“This special issue reveals how rationalities concerned with reproductive and sexual bodies arise and circulate over historic time and