Imperialism

Family planning projects: unpacking the spectacle of women’s empowerment in Uttar Pradesh, India

Family planning projects: unpacking the spectacle of women’s empowerment in Uttar Pradesh, India


Introduction Contraceptives are considered ‘the greatest life-saving, poverty ending, women-empowering innovation ever created’ (Gates 2019, 18). ‘Family planners’ – the global constellation of bilateral and multilateral entities, governments, philanthropies, research bodies, and NGOs working in the field of family planning – rationalize investment and intervention into ‘excessive’ fertility along two lines: namely, reductions in unintended […]
Medicalization and resocialization: the future of social medicine

Medicalization and resocialization: the future of social medicine


Social medicine, an approach that centres the social conditions of life as the cause of health and illness, can be thought of as an effort to ‘resocialize’ medicine. It is an attempt to reverse the narrowing of the medical gaze on the minutiae of material biology within individual bodies as the sole explanation for disease, […]
“When the city eats the forest”

“When the city eats the forest”


Kinshasa, its traffic and street vendors, receded as we drove past the international airport on the national road following the Congo River.
The toxic imperial metabolism of Senegalese peanuts

The toxic imperial metabolism of Senegalese peanuts


The identification of aflatoxin in the 1960s troubled plans for Senegalese peanuts.