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Michelle Murphy’s Seizing the Means of Reproduction

Seizing the Means of Reproduction
Entanglements of Feminism, Health and Technoscience

by Michelle Murphy

Duke University Press, 2012.  259 pages

 

In the 1970s throughout the United States and Canada, health emerged as a feminist category around which a set of projects and goals crystallized and then diffused.  Michelle Murphy’s book Seizing the Means of Reproduction begins in California with …

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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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Petri Dish

The petri dish was made for separation.  It was developed for culturing microorganisms while separating them from airborne contaminates.  As part of its ability to make separations between the contaminated world outside and the uncontaminated world inside, the dish also assisted in separating individuals from disease.  These days, it’s getting harder for petri dishes to maintain these separations.

Julius Richard …

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Top of the heap: Sherine Hamdy

This article is part of the series:

This week Sherine Hamdy, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Brown University, takes “Top of the heap” readers into the field of “graphic medicine.”

 

Sherine Hamdy

I’ve only recently come to learn about the growing field of “graphic medicine” – graphic novels and comics that explore medicine from a personal perspective. There are a few annual conferences, and a website …

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Educational Video Database on Genetic/Reproductive Technologies & Social Issues

While a wealth of literature exists on emerging reproductive and genetic technologies, usable educational resources in other mediums are few and far between.  A new series of videos helps to fill this lacuna, providing engaging, accessible and thought-provoking commentary on the human aspects of biotechnology, science, and medical practice.

The videos feature commentary, remarks, and reflections from over 50 esteemed …

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Universes of Kinship

The Metamorphoses of Kinship

By Maurice Godelier

Translated by Nora Scott. London: Verso. 615pp. + index. US$49.95 / £30.00 (hardcover)

 

Maurice Godelier opens his magisterial tour of the “universe of kinship” with the observation that formal anthropological kinship theory has long been left for dead.  What follows is a dazzling analysis that revisits ethnographic data on marriage, descent, siblinghood, …