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
BOOKS RECEIVED: Lenore Manderson, “Surface Tensions: Surgery, Bodily Boundaries, and the Social Self” (Left Coast Press, 2011)
Surface Tensions is an expansive, yet intimate study of how people remake themselves after catastrophic bodily change―the loss of limbs, the loss of function, the loss or replacement of organs. Against a sweeping cultural backdrop of art, popular culture, and… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Mohan J. Dutta, “Neoliberal Health Organizing: Communication, Meaning, and Politics” (Left Coast Press, 2015)
Mohan J Dutta closely interrogates the communicative forms and practices that have been central to the establishment of neoliberal governance. In particular, he examines cultural discourses of health in relationship to the market and the health implications of these cultural… Read More
Sidney M. Greenfield, “Spirits With Scalpels: The Cultural Biology of Religious Healing in Brazil,” 2nd ed., (Left Coast Press, 2008)
“The first time I witnessed a Spiritist surgery, a young man named Jose Carlos Ribeiro inserted a used scalpel taken from a tray that I was holding, and plunged it into the eye of an elderly man. The patient did… Read More
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