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Joanna Kempner’s Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health

not tonight coverNot Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health

Joanna Kempner

University of Chicago Press, 2014, 232 pages

In her thoroughly engaging new book, Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health, Joanna Kempner argues that, despite a new clinical paradigm through which migraine has been transformed from a psychogenic to a neurobiological disorder, the condition …

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Three Millimeters

The first time I encountered Judy I was with Dr. Erlich, gathering fact sheets about vulvar pain conditions. Dr. Robichaud, the other physician at the Vulvar Health Clinic (VHC)[i], and a new resident entered the pod in a white-coated blur—animatedly conferring, hastily scribbling on forms that they were pulling from file cabinets, and getting on the phone to …

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The bookCASE: Introduction

This post is an introduction to our new series, The Ethnographic Case.

We launch this series with a question: What is an ethnographic case? As ethnography is a process and practice of authorship, this question produces another: What can it be made to be? 

This series explores what cases can generate, and our reasons for resisting or embracing them …

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An Awkward Relationship: The Case of Feminism and Nursing

In the late 1990s, when I was both a new anthropology graduate student and an experienced gynecological nurse practitioner, I underwent a week of intensive training to become a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, or SANE. On our first day, we were asked to share our reasons for being there and, though the details of the other participants’ stories have since …

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