In the Journals

A special issue of Medical Anthropology on "Medical Travel"

The latest Medical Anthropology is a special issue on “Medical Travel” — a topic which has received surprisingly little attention from medical anthropologists until now.  In their editorial to the issue, Carolyn Smith-Morris and Lenore Manderson write:

“As the authors of this issue of Medical Anthropology illustrate, the ability of people to find and exploit new health care markets outside


Elly Teman’s Birthing a Mother

Birthing a Mother: The Surrogate Body and the Pregnant Self
Elly Teman

University of California Press, 2010
384 pp.
US$ 21.95 (Paperback)

Reviewed by Lauren Schleicher, Wayne State University

Birthing a Mother: The Surrogate Body and the Pregnant Self is an ethnographic account of gestational surrogacy arrangements in a Jewish Israeli context. According to Teman, surrogacy as a topic has …


Karen-Sue Taussig’s Ordinary Genomes

Ordinary Genomes: Science, Citizenship, and Genetic Identities?
by Karen-Sue Taussig?

Duke University Press, 2009
264 pp., $22.95 (paperback)

Reviewed by Abigail Baim-Lance (Fashion Institute of Technology/SUNY and Researcher, New York State Department of Health, AIDS Institute)

At its brightest moments, Karen-Sue Taussig’s Ordinary Genomes: Science, Citizenship, and Genetic Identities (2009) deftly challenges universalist assumptions about the genetic sciences. Taussig


An interview with Marcia Inhorn

Marcia Inhorn is the William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs and Chair of the Council on Middle East Studies (CMES) in the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. She is the author of three books on infertility and assisted reproductive technologies in the Middle East: Local Babies, Global Science: Gender, Religion, and

Anthro News on Reproductive Technologies and Subjects

I’m a bit behind in posting this one, as it appeared in the February issue, but Anthropology News is featuring two related series of articles one on “Reproductive Technologies” and the other on “Reproductive Subjects.” A nice thing about this feature is that all of the articles are freely available without subscription.

A few highlights:

Kalindi Vora, Indian Transnational Surrogacy

Web Roundups

Reproductive Health Technologies in Egypt at SM

Over at Savage Minds Lisa Wynn has posted the first of several guest posts on a new project on reproductive health technologies in Egypt that she is starting with her collaborator, physician Hosam Moustafa.

Lisa Wynn is a cultural and medical anthropologist who is currently at Macquarie University in Sydney. (Before that she was a postdoc at Princeton, where she …