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 …
The Metamorphoses of Kinship
By Maurice Godelier
Translated by Nora Scott. London: Verso. 615pp. + index. US$49.95 / £30.00 (hardcover)
Maurice Godelier opens his magisterial tour of the “universe of kinship” with the observation that formal anthropological kinship theory has long been left for dead. What follows is a dazzling analysis that revisits ethnographic data on marriage, descent, siblinghood, …
The latest Medical Anthropology is a special issue on “Medical Travel” — a topic which has received surprisingly little attention from medical anthropologists until now. In their editorial to the issue, Carolyn Smith-Morris and Lenore Manderson write:
“As the authors of this issue of Medical Anthropology illustrate, the ability of people to find and exploit new health care markets outside
Birthing a Mother: The Surrogate Body and the Pregnant Self
University of California Press, 2010
US$ 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 …
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 …