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AMAA on Enduring Cancer: Life, Death and Diagnosis in Delhi

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On concepts and consequences: 

Can we take the concepts of speech and silence, and care and disregard, which you outline throughout the book, outside the context of Delhi and cancer pain and used to elucidate the work itself, or does this defy the concepts’ specificity? Do you think the act of doing your research follows these patterns of speech …

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The “macrobiotics friends association”: nurturing life amidst chronic disease in Vietnam

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“I will never return to that Zone of Death! You too should try to follow this diet to nurture life.” Aunt Minh[i](Fieldwork notes, February 2018)

We first met Aunt Minh and Aunt Khai a few days after the Vietnamese Lunar New Year in early 2018 during our first field research trip to “Xóm sống vui” (“Happy life village”) …

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Punctuated Lives – Staying Healthy with Lynch Syndrome

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Every two years, a letter from the Gastroenterology unit drops into Maria’s mailbox. It is a call to attend her regular surveillance colonoscopy to check for potential precancerous polyps which are very likely to grow in Maria’s colon. Maria has Lynch Syndrome, an inherited genetic mutation in one of the mismatch repair genes (MLH1, MSH2, MSH6 and PMS2) that significantly …

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Consuming Tales, Powerful Tools

Why is it so difficult to write about such a nice book––a book that offers an elegant and important argument about industrial capitalism and growth that is devouring the world in which we live? The originality of how this story is recounted through a succession of tales that come to be imbricated into each other, skillfully looped together in the …

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Self-Devouring Growth as Development, Desire, Disease and Death

As the stark realities of our planetary predicament – ecological crisis, global pandemics, species extinction, intractable social inequality – become daily more visible, it is now widely argued that humanity’s appreciable mark on the earth system has culminated in a geological epoch of our own making: the ‘Anthropocene’. Geologists continue to examine the stratigraphic signals left by the Anthropocene, while …

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(Dis)continuities in cancer care: An ethnographic approximation to practices of disease stratification

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Disease stratification practices have long been used as a means to produce and make sense of  cancer, distinguishing ‘types’, tumour development stages, and even patients’ sociodemographic profiles. However, interest in stratification; that is, the process of dividing oncology populations into clinically meaningful subtypes, has been re-invigorated by two recent developments in medicine and healthcare. First, an increased awareness of …

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