When Risk, Doubt, and Difference Converge: A Review Essay

On Immunity: An Inoculation
By Eula Biss
Graywolf Press, 2014, 205 pp.

The End of Normal: Identity in a Biocultural Era
By Lennard J. Davis
University of Michigan Press, 2013, 155 pp.

Autism and Gender: From Refrigerator Mothers to Computer Geeks
By Jordynn Jack
University of Illinois Press, 2014, 306 pp.


Disability themes have become an increasingly central figure …


The Enclosed Case

The case that follows illustrates an ethnographic flashpoint in my work on disability. Here, I offer an account of a single morning during my first research trip in Central America. The day marked my only visit to a particularly well-known institution (or shelter) for children and adults with disabilities. The following summer, I would learn that the scenes depicted below …

In the Journals

Critical Medical Humanities – A special feature of Medical Humanities

The June issue of Medical Humanities includes a special feature section entitled “Critical Medical Humanities.” This collection opens with a piece by William Viney, Felicity Callard, and Angela Woods, “Critical Medical Humanities: Embracing Entanglement, Taking Risks.” As described in their abstract:

What can the medical humanities achieve? This paper does not seek to define what is meant by

In the Journals

In the Journals, June 2015 – Part I

Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

Deaf Bodies and Corporate Bodies: New Regimes of Value in Bangalore’s Business Process Outsourcing Sector
Michele Friedner

This article ethnographically analyses how groups (and not just individuals) are produced in business process outsourcing (BPO) workplaces. In order to mitigate an unstable labour pool, corporations hire deaf workers to perform identical BPO work regardless of

In the Journals

In the Journals, April 2015 – Part I

Here is the first installment of our coverage of April journal articles. Enjoy!

Critical Public Health

The Transitional Dynamics of Caloric Ecosystems: Changes in the Food Supply Around the World
Sanjay Basu

Changes to the global food supply have been characterized by greater availability of edible oils, sweeteners, and meats – a profound ‘nutrition transition’ associated with rising obesity, type

In the Journals

In the Journals, December 2014 – Part I

Here is the first installment of this month’s coverage of current journal articles.

 New Genetics and Society

 Scientific Motherhood, Responsibility, and Hope: Umbilical Cord Blood Banking in South Korea
Yeonbo Jeong

 This paper explores how concepts of hope, motherhood, responsibility, and science are mobilized and transformed in the marketing strategies of private cord blood banks in South Korea. Cord blood

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