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, …

In the Journals

Special Journal Issue: Medical Anthropology Quarterly — After Progress: Time and Improbable Futures in Clinic Spaces

Within its current issue (June 2011), Medical Anthropology Quarterlyhas a special section entitled, “After Progress: Time and Improbable Futures in Clinic Spaces.”S. Lochlann Jain and Sharon R. Kaufman write in their introduction to the section:

One contemporary goal for ethnographers is to describe features of that complex relationship in different realms of health care delivery—perhaps especially those arenas undergoing

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