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Book reviews around the web

A smattering of book reviews for your browsing pleasure:

Qigong Fever: Body, Science, and Utopia in China by David A. Palmer. Columbia University Press, 2007.

Reviewed in American Ethnologist (AE), American Anthropologist (AA), and China Quarterly.

Where there is no midwife: birth and loss in rural India by Sarah Pinto. Berghahn Books, 2008.

Reviewed in the Journal of

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Conflicted Doctors: A Review of Copeman, Veins of Devotion

Veins of Devotion: Blood Donation and Religious Experience in North India.
Jacob Copeman
Rutgers University Press, 2008.

Reviewed by Leo Coleman (Ohio State University)

Jacob Copeman’s Veins of Devotion: Blood Donation and Religious Experience in North India explores contemporary anthropological themes of technological imaginaries, biomedical exchange, and changing local meanings of self and substance in a study of how

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Georges Canguilhem’s Knowledge of Life (Fordham, 2008)

I wanted to add a quick post to announce the publication of the English-language translation of Georges Canguilhem’s Knowledge of Life (La Connaissance de la vie 1952/1965), translated by Stefanos Geroulanos & Daniela Ginsburg, edited and foreword by Paola Marrati & Todd Meyers.

Here’s what has been said about the book:

An exceptional grasp of the enduring philosophical problems of

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Sarah Wagner’s To Know Where He Lies

To Know Where He Lies: DNA Technology and the Search for Srebrenica’s Missing.
Sarah Wagner
University of California Press, 2008.

Reviewed by Peter Locke (Princeton University)

Sarah Wagner’s ethnography To Know Where He Lies examines the innovative DNA technology developed to identify the remains of the estimated 8,000 men and boys killed in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia-Herzegovina. …

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Book reviews!

As you may have noticed, we’re started to run occasional book reviews on Somatosphere. The first, posted yesterday, was Ann Kelly’s typically eloquent and wide-ranging review of Robert Thornton’s Unimagined Communities. I’ll be posting the second review shortly, and there should be more on the way. We’re going to make an effort to review books which are making an important …

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Robert Thornton’s Unimagined Community and other imaginings

This article is part of the following series:

Unimagined Community: Sex, Networks, and AIDS in Uganda and South Africa. Robert J. Thornton.
University of California Press, 2008.

On the morning of November 5th, I dragged myself to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in a state of exhausted euphoria. One of my colleagues had asked during the first week of term if I wouldn’t mind examining …

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