On gloves, rubber and the spatio-temporal logics of global health

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On the 5th of September, 2014, the blog Konakry Express recounted a report from Mme Fatou Baldé Yansané that there are severe shortages of gloves in health facilities in Guinea. Mme Baldé Yansané writes that midwives have only one or two pair of gloves each week. As a consequence, they have to reuse gloves or merely rub their hands with …


Top of the heap: Helen Keane

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For this installment of “Top of the heap,” we spoke to Helen Keane, senior lecturer in sociology and gender studies at the Australian National University, who recommended a number of books and articles about addiction, drugs and alcohol.

Helen Keane

As a sociologist in the business of producing knowledge about addiction and drug and alcohol use, I like to read …


Putting Science in its Place

In some corners of anthropology, it has been said that science studies lacks a robust sense of place. But many capable ethnographers have brought labs, hospital suites, and production facilities to life, giving readers a granular sense for what distinguishes these sites from other milieux. What, precisely, might be missing? Consider the word “place.” As science studies scholars have repeatedly …


A Home for Science: the Anthropology of Tropical and Arctic Field-Stations

While the AAAs were winding up in Chicago, participants in the workshop, A Home for Science: the Anthropology of Tropical and Arctic Field-Stations, started to make their way north to an even colder part of the world. Hosted by the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, co-organized by Wenzel Geissler, John Manton, Ann Kelly and Gro

In the Journals

Turning Therapies: Placing Medical Diversity — A special issue of Medical Anthropology

The journal Medical Anthropology has recently published a special issue, entitled “Turning Therapies: Placing Medical Diversity.” As Kristine Krause, David Parkin, and Gabi Alex write in their introduction:

Through their own ethnographies, the contributors to this special issue take a fresh look at longstanding debates in medical anthropology through the entry point of space, place, and movement. They explore

Web Roundups

Monthly Web Round-up: Bodies/borders

Frontpage news over the past month has repeatedly returned to the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair, in which prominent French politician and development affairs guru Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) was arrested after being accused of sexually assaulting a hotel worker in New York City. The accusation, emerging at the end of May, sparked an international scandal that many speculate will impact the outcome …