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The new trial communities: challenges and opportunities in preconception cohorts

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The Excavating the Biosocial series has so far focused on birth cohorts as ethnographic object (Gibbon and Pentecost 2020). In this post, I explore the expansion of interest in the early life period, particularly for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) research, to include ‘the preconception period.’ Recently, interest in this period has produced new kinds of trial communities …

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Alexandra Brewis and Amber Wutich’s Lazy, Crazy, and Disgusting: Stigma and the Undoing of Global Health

Lazy, Crazy, and Disgusting: Stigma and the Undoing of Global Health

Alexandra Brewis and Amber Wutich

Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019. 288 pages.

Background

Dr. Alexandra Brewis & Dr. Amber Wutich—anthropologists at Arizona State Universities School of Evolution and Social Change and The Center for Global Health—make a provocative argument: people at the receiving end of health interventions are stigmatized

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Book Forum — Emily Yates-Doerr’s “The Weight of Obesity: Hunger and Global Health in Postwar Guatemala”

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It is a pleasure to convene this forum for The Weight of Obesity: Hunger and Global Health in Postwar Guatemala. Marianne de Laet, Simon Cohn, and Jeannette Pols, have provided spirited commentaries on Emily Yates-Doerr’s ethnography of metrics, weight, and care in highland Guatemala. The author’s talent to illustrate the complex choreographies that produce the problem of obesity makes …

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Response to “The Weight of Obesity”

I am inspired by The Weight of Obesity. In the short few weeks that I have had it on my desk, I have come to consider it as a text to think with, an approach to learn from, and material to teach. The text will inform my own practices as an anthropologist, a science studies body, a teacher, and—on …

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Response to “The Weight of Obesity”

So much of current obesity discourse relies on conceiving the body as fixed and bounded, to be represented numerically, and compared to the average. Increasingly made known through measurement and calculation, this particular conception of the body produces an entity that can be owned, sold, worked on, or worked against. Crucially, this way of thinking about the ‘problem’ of obesity …

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A reply

When I began fieldwork over a decade ago, I thought I would be studying Guatemalan understandings of obesity—a term that had begun to circulate between global health meetings in the capital and markets, classrooms, and clinics in the country’s western highlands. But carrying out fieldwork made me suspicious of the understandings that I had once been after. As obesity was …

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