Categories
Lectures

Chronic living: ethnographic explorations of daily lives swayed by (multiple) medical conditions

This article is part of the following series:

On the 12th of January 2020, the World Health Organization confirmed that the “mystery virus” which, according to reports from China, had infected some 50 people in the city of Wuhan, was not SARS following the genetic sequencing of a “novel coronavirus”. Within two weeks, Wuhan’s hospitals were overwhelmed, and the city was sent into lockdown as health authorities …

Categories
Lectures

Life/NonLife: a forum

This Somatosphere forum features essays written in the wake of a debate held at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. The debate was organized around the following motion: “Lacking empirical traction and heuristic power, the distinction between life and nonlife is one that anthropology needs to discard.” We hope …

Categories
Features

Life/Nonlife: A response

In the introduction to this short collection, Kelly and Nading consider the broad implications for the integrity of the discipline when we ask, “Should Anthropology abandon the distinction between Life and Nonlife?” How far are we willing to go to destabilize a set of categories? Are we willing to risk the integrity of the discipline itself, founded as it was …

Categories
Features

What Animates? Imaginations of the Lifelike

I would like to set the tone by drawing on a phenomenon that exemplifies the difficulties of conceptualizing life as a reality or entity or concept that may be usefully distinguished from nonlife. Let me begin by invoking a ghost story set on Dartmoor, known as the mystery of the Hairy Hands.[1] This mystery involved a series of incidents …

Categories
Features

Life/NonLife Revived

Earthquakes. Taxidermy. Ghosts. Climate Change. These phenomena, some exceptional and some quotidian, all challenge the stability and salience of ‘life’ as an ethnographic category.  Lacking empirical traction and heuristic power, the distinction between life and nonlife is one that anthropology needs to discard.

This was the motion for a debate that closed the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association of …

Categories
Features

The Point of Death II

My father was ill when this forum took place in Exeter. He died shortly afterwards, nominally of spreading cancer, but more probably of some combination of starvation, dehydration and organ failure encouraged by the generous administration of morphine and calming drugs. I visited the undertakers a week later. The chief was in his 90s and had a shock of outstanding …

slot online judi bola online judi bola https://widgets-tm.wolterskluwer.com AgenCuan merupakan slot luar negeri yang sudah memiliki beberapa member aktif yang selalu bermain slot online 24 jam, hanya daftar slot gacor bisa dapatkan semua jenis taruhan online uang asli. slot thailand jbo680 jbo680 situs slot terpercaya slot pragmatic play online surya168 idn poker idn poker slot online slot jepang slotgacormax.win akun jp