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Interpreting Sexuality: Intellectually Disabled People and “Special” Educators in India

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 “Why does she like putting the glass bottle near her pee-hole? She couldn’t talk and tell us what was going on…what did she exactly want? What was in her mind?… [I]t was very hard to figure that out…but I had to keep working on this because we work with special children and we are special educators.”

Savita, a special educator …

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What Type of Governmentality is This? Or, how do we govern unknowns

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In Le Temps, a French newspaper, anthropologist Julie Billaud wrote that the governance of COVID-19 represents “a move towards a biopolitical mode of governance that aims to manage human collectives through statistics, indicators, and other measurement tools.”[i] Others are less convinced. Social theorist Joshua Clover has written in Critical Inquiry, a French online journal,that COVID-19 represents not …

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COVID-19 and China’s Health Code System

The health code system (健康码) that the Chinese government has developed in response to COVID-19 builds upon long established traditions of population surveillance and control. No region in the world has a longer and more sustained history of gathering population data than China. The various regimes that have ruled this region have used civil registers to monitor their populations since …

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Daniel Defert’s Une vie politique (A Political Life)

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Une vie politiqueUne vie politique [A Political Life]

Interviews with P. Artières and E. Favereau, with the collaboration of Joséphine Gross.

by Daniel Defert

Editions du Seuil, Paris, 2014

 

On 25 September 1984, Daniel Defert wrote a letter to his friends proposing that they create a non-profit organization to address an emerging disease: AIDS. “In face of a medical crisis and …

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A Conversation with Paul Rabinow

Earlier this year I talked with Paul Rabinow about his most recent books –– The Accompaniment: Assembling the Contemporary (University of Chicago Press, 2011), Designing Human Practices: An Experiment with Synthetic Biology  (with Gaymon Bennett, University of Chicago, 2012), Demands of the Day: On the Logic of Anthropological Inquiry (with Anthony Stavrainakis, University of Chicago Press, 2013), and a fourth

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Socialism and the Psy-ences: The Past, the Post-, and the Beyond

The conference “From the New Socialist Person to Global Mental Health: The Psy-ences and Mental Health in East Central Europe and Eurasia” (April 29th-30th 2013, University of Chicago)* set out to examine the shifting objects of knowledge and programs of intervention associated with the psy-ences in the former socialist countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. …

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