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Book forum: Michelle Murphy’s The Economization of Life

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Michelle Murphy’s The Economization of Life (Duke University Press, 2017) received the Ludwik Fleck Prize from the the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) at the 2019 conference in New Orleans. Murphy’s book, recognized for its novelty, scholarly excellence, and contribution to science and technology studies, was also the subject of a panel of feminist thinkers who offered commentary …

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Response for Somatosphere Book Forum on The Economization of Life

The field of feminist Science & Technology Studies (STS) is a generous community and I am grateful for it every day. These bundled reflections on The Economization of Life are an example of this generosity. The book was written in deep relation and debt to feminist STS and transnational feminist studies as it took shape in Toronto where I live, …

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Reproduction at the Center: Michelle Murphy’s Economization of Life

Michelle Murphy’s The Economization of Life tells the story of how a singular economy began as a fantasy, and how that fantasy was manifested into reality. Born with Keynesian macroeconomics, the fantasy of “the economy” was sharpened during the early Cold War period into an instrument of death-dealing. This occurred primarily though the development of a new concept in macroeconomics …

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Imagining Alternative Politics of Experimentation and Resistance with Michelle Murphy’s The Economization of Life

The Economization of Life (EoL) is a book that sticks. Author Michelle Murphy delicately surfaces the history and persistence of racist and eugenicist logics as they comprise global economies and state governance practices, and, in a bold and self-reflexive gesture, describes how these same logics operate in feminist organizations and academic research. Murphy’s work forced me to grapple with unresolvable

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Lords of the Flies

The Economization of Life (EoL) begins with its cover – a series of Drosophilain jars. Drosophila melanogaster – the common fruit fly – may be the model organism par excellence. Seeing the book cover, I was transported back to my graduate school days and the sweet smell of the yeasty food that filled the fly room. During one of …

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Defining Wellbeing: Tensions in the World Bank’s approach to Universal Health Coverage

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Promotional materials from the global campaign to achieve Universal Health Coverage by the year 2030. Copyright UHC2030 – reproduced here under ‘fair use’ for academic purposes. 

“Health for All?” critically explores global moves towards Universal Health Coverage and its language of rights to health, equity, social justice and the public good. Highlighting emerging ethnographic and historical research by both young

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