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, …

In the Journals

Risk, Pregnancy and Childbirth — A Special Issue of Health, Risk & Society

The current issue of Health, Risk & Society is a  special issue, entitled “Risk, Pregnancy and Childbirth.” Along with an introduction by Barbara Katz Rothman, the issue contains seven articles organized around four thematic areas. The abstracts are listed below.

Pregnancy, birth and risk: An introduction
Barbara Katz Rothman 

In this introduction, I use my nearly 40 years of work

Features

The biopolitics of maternal mortality: Anthropological observations from the Women Deliver Conference in Kuala Lumpur

Historically, attempts to alter the conditions and cultures of maternity and motherhood have been part of the civilizing projects of colonialism and the modernizing agendas of international development.  The goals have varied over time and space — from the prevention of maternal and infant deaths amidst fears of a depleted labour pool, to the prevention of “excessive fertility” amidst fears …

Web Roundups

Web Roundup: Abortion Rights and Patent Laws

This month’s Web Roundup is dedicated to the role that legislation and the courts have in promoting or restricting access to medical care. In particular, I will focus briefly on the passage of anti-abortion legislation in the US and a few recent court cases that are testing the limits pharmaceutical patents. While not overtly theoretical in nature, I have found …

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