Authors Archives: Rebecca Marsland

(Bio)sociality and HIV in Tanzania: finding a living to support a life

Abstract This article addresses life on antiretroviral therapy in rural Tanzania. It argues that a nuanced understanding of theories of biosociality requires us to take sociality and locality as seriously as we do “bio.” People living with HIV associate on the basis of preexisting social relations, not just on the basis of their biological status. […]

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What Is Life Worth? Exploring Biomedical Interventions, Survival, and the Politics of Life

Abstract Recent debates about technologies of “life”—medical technologies, such as genomics, pharmaceutical innovations, and reproductive technologies—raise questions about what it means to be human, and our relationship with biomedicine. The articles in this special focus section of Medical Anthropology Quarterly are focused around the “value of life”—be it the economies shaped by biomedical interventions, the […]

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