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Nadine Ehlers and Leslie R. Hinkson’s Subprime Health: Debt and Race in US Medicine

Subprime Health: Debt and Race in US Medicine

Nadine Ehlers and Leslie R. Hinkson (editors)

University of Minnesota Press, 2017. 256 pages

 

“The focus on race in medicine and the hard sciences,” write Nadine Ehlers and Leslie R. Hinkson in their introduction to the new edited volume Subprime Health: Debt and Race in US Medicine, “creates unintended consequences—forms …

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Book Forum: Larisa Jašarević’s Health and Wealth on the Bosnian Market

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In Health and Wealth on the Bosnian Market: An Intimate Debt, Larisa Jašarević explores the mutual entanglement between the economy, living body and the good life in postsocialist and postwar Bosnia. Beautifully written and theoretically sophisticated, this ethnography is a key addition to scholarly literature on debt, moral economies, medical anthropology, and material bodies. We are pleased to …

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Gut Response (or Do Obsessions Expire?)

Generosity is contagious. Inescapable, come to think of it. Insufferable, if in thinking it, some of us would like the bliss of a fresh start, a clean slate, the relief of stories, field-wise and otherwise, that end. The gift of reading & writing time that you have jointly expanded on the Health and Wealth on the Bosnian Market: Intimate Debt

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Precarious Workers and Political Community in potentia

Health and Wealth on the Bosnia Market: Intimate Debt is an achievement of originality and imagination. By documenting how “existential worry is the norm” (131) and “indebtedness is the human condition in contemporary Bosnia” (257)—indeed, what “human beings have in common” in “oddly bodily” ways—Jašarević’s study expands significantly how we conceive precarity and its effects. I immediately began thinking with …

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Inextricable

Jašarević’s beautifully evocative, itinerant ethnography weaves along and sutures together trajectories that, at first, might appear to stand at a distance, their collocations seeming accidents of wandering. On the one end of Health and Wealth there are the open air, small scale markets, typical of post-war, post-socialist Bosnia and many other post-socialist spaces, where a multitude of commodities, from banal …

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Book review: Clara Han’s Life in Debt

Life in Debt: Times of Care and Violence in Neoliberal Chile

by Clara Han

University of California Press, 2012

298 pp, US$26.95 paperback

 

Life in Debt is not an easy read. This ethnography of care and violence—intimate, political and governmental— in La Pincoya, a poor neighborhood of neoliberal Santiago, effectively draws the reader into the everyday rhythms of its …

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