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Recovery’s Elusive Horizon: Recovering Histories x The Occupied Clinic

In Nicholas Bartlett’s meditative and poignant ethnography about former heroin users in Gejiu, China, Recovering Histories: Life and Labor after Heroin in Post-Reform China (University of California Press 2020), he writes of arriving too late to the scene of the epidemic. Heroin use was widespread in this tin mining region in the 1980s, had peaked in the 1990s, and was …

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Book Forum: Therapeutic Politics of Care in Asia

This article is part of the following series:

The six review essays in this collection emerge from a joint launch of five books and one dissertation/ book-in-progress and a panel at the recent annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies. In these meetings, each author provided a reading of another’s text, then revisited their own work in light of the resonances and dissonances that arose.  

Addressing lab-based …

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Art, the Clinic, and the Political Exercise of Thinking

From 2002-2013, the Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona (MACBA) brought together professionals from the fields of psychoanalysis, art therapy, and anthropology to provide different services for a variety of groups and individuals in an effort to create new forms of socialization between the museum and the city. In the words of the former director of MACBA’s Public Programs, the intention …

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THANK YOU to Richard Baxstrom, Nancy Rose Hunt, Tanya Luhrmann, and Pamela Reynolds, for taking the trouble to read and to comment on The Anti-Witch. I felt great pleasure in the idea that Matthew Carey had managed to recreate for you not only my work, but also life in the Bocage, with its tragedies, its flavor, and sometimes its …

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Eating a burning ice cream in Zimbabwe

IT IS A BONUS to have another book, The Anti-Witch, from Jeanne Favret-Saada on witchcraft in the Bocage. She brings, once more, her courage, insight and dramatic descriptive abilities to the ethnographic task. In this confined space I can only pick up two lines in her writing:  her description of the methods she used in coming to understand witchcraft …

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Comment on Favret-Saada’s The Anti-Witch

I was utterly delighted to read Jeanne Favret-Saada’s account of the tarot cards used by dewitchers like Madame Flora to understand her clients more deeply and to give them good advice. I, too, in my early work with British witches and magicians, watched many tarot card readings. I learned to read tarot cards myself and did so, not only for …

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