BOOKS RECEIVED: Robin E. Jensen, “Infertility: Tracing the History of a Transformative Term” (Penn State UP, 2016)
This book explores the arguments, appeals, and narratives that have defined the meaning of infertility in the modern history of the United States and Europe. Throughout the last century, the inability of women to conceive children has been explained by… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Calum MacKellar and Christopher Bechtel, eds., “The Ethics of the New Eugenics” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
Strategies or decisions aimed at affecting, in a manner considered to be positive, the genetic heritage of a child in the context of human reproduction are increasingly being accepted in contemporary society. As a result, unnerving similarities between earlier selection… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Elisa J Sobo, “Dynamics of Human Biocultural Diversity: A Unified Approach” (Left Coast Press, 2012)
This lively text offers a unique, holistic approach to human diversity for undergraduate courses in fields including anthropology, medicine, human ecology, and general education. Leading medical anthropologist Elisa Sobo rises to the challenge of truly integrating biology and culture. Her… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Merrill Singer, “Anthropology of Infectious Disease” (Left Coast Press, 2014)
This book synthesizes the flourishing field of anthropology of infectious disease in a critical, biocultural framework. Leading medical anthropologist Merrill Singer holistically unites the behaviors of microorganisms and the activities of complex social systems, showing how we exist with pathogenic… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Juliet McMullin, “The Healthy Ancestor: Embodied Inequality and the Revitalization of Native Hawai’ian Health” (Left Coast Press, 2010)
Native Americans, researchers increasingly worry, are disproportionately victims of epidemics and poor health because they fail to seek medical care, are non-compliant patients, or lack immunity enjoyed by the mainstream population. Challenging this dominant approach to indigenous health, Juliet McMullin… Read More
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