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Remaking Local Biologies in an Epigenetic Time

Premise and Summary

This is a very provisional text,[1] part of a broader book-length research (forthcoming from Palgrave in 2015) on ‘political epistemology’, a construct I use to investigate the coproduction of epistemological facts and socio-political values in the history of the life-sciences (e.g.: how certain views of heredity, development, nature/nurture potentially favor certain political values and …

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“Addressing Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities”: A Conference Report

An interdisciplinary group of experts on health and medicine gathered in Austin, Texas on September 23-24, 2013 for a two-day conference and working group, “Addressing Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities: Best Practices for Clinical Care and Medical Education in the 21st Century” (ARHD).  Organized by Deborah Bolnick, ARHD invited participants and attendees to examine how erroneous beliefs regarding …

In the Journals

Technologies of Belonging — A Special Issue of Science, Technology, & Human Values

The current issue of Science, Technology, & Human Values is a special issue examining the politics of race in Europe, entitled “Technologies of Belonging.” The issue, coming out of a 2011 conference, Technologies of Belonging: Biology, Race and Ethnicity in Europe, contains several articles and commentaries, the abstracts of which are listed below.

Introduction

Technologies of Belonging:

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, …

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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 …