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Thunder Shaman: Making History with Mapuche Spirits in Chile and Patagonia

Ana Mariella Bacigalupo’s Thunder Shaman: Making History with Mapuche Spirits in Chile and Patagonia is the creative and scholarly outcome of a friendship between the author and a Mapuche shaman, Francisca Kolipi, whom she served as ritual assistant. Effectively commissioned by Kolipi as a “bible” that would convey the story of her life and be […]

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Assisted Reproductive Technologies in the Third Phase: Global Encounters and Emerging Moral Worlds

This volume showcases the work of leading anthropologists, sociologists, bioethicists, and fertility specialists, providing insight into the moral and ethical negotiations people undertake in their quests for children, the provision of assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) in low-income settings, and challenges for appropriate professional practice of serving culturally and linguistically diverse patients. The third phase of […]

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Mental Disorder: Anthropological Insights

In Mental Disorder: Anthropological Insights, Nichola Khan offers readers an ambitious overview of the anthropology of psychiatry and mental health. The book aims to “bridge the gap between research and teaching,” and thus is explicitly intended for pedagogical use. As someone who teaches in this area, I know that to attempt to introduce students to […]

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Fungible Life: Experiment in the Asian City of Life

Aiwah Ong’s Fungible Life replies to a difficult question for social and cultural anthropology: what is an “Asian” form of science? Ong follows the answers given to this question by biologists who work in Singapore at a place called “Biopolis,” a hub for scientific research that presents itself as “the Asian City of Life.” After […]

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Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert: La vida no vale nada

The number of undocumented migrants dying and disappearing while crossing into the United States has increased dramatically over the past 20 years. Contributing to this rise are U.S. government initiatives that have pushed undocumented border crossers into hostile and desolate desert terrain by intensifying enforcement at more urban crossings. Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert […]

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Compound Solutions: Pharmaceutical Alternatives for Global Health

Susan Craddock’s Compound Solutions is a well-researched, thoughtful, and balanced look at a new player in the pharmaceutical industry: product development partnerships (or PDPs) that aim to develop new drugs for neglected diseases. The book delves into the world of drug development for tuberculosis (TB) to illustrate how PDPs may be, in Craddock’s words, “forcing […]

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Cytomegalovirus: A Hospitalization Diary

Hervé Guibert was one of France’s most prolific and important writers. An author of 30 books, novels, and screenplays, he was also an actor and a filmmaker and still found time to work as a photographer and critic for Le Monde. Guibert’s literary and artistic output is all the more remarkable because he died shortly […]

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Pharmocracy: Value, Politics, and Knowledge in Global Biomedicine

Kaushik Sunder Rajan’s highly anticipated book Pharmocracy: Value, Politics, and Knowledge in Global Biomedicine is a rich, multilayered look at the pharmaceutical industry in India. In five densely argued chapters plus an Introduction and Conclusion, Sunder Rajan provides an insightful analysis of the regimes of value of the Indian pharmaceutical industry as it has become […]

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Slum Health: From the Cell to the Street

Slum Health: From the Cell to the Street, edited by Jason Corburn and Lee Riley, is a passionate appeal for providing better health care to residents of the world’s poorest urban communities. Using a bold mix of quantitative public health methodologies, as well as social theory, the editors and contributors describe why the health of […]

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Mothers on the Move: Reproducing Belonging between Africa and Europe

Mothers on the Move brings together two fields of research that usually are discussed without much connection to each other: migration and reproduction. By following Cameroonian mothers in their efforts to forge families as they move back and forth between Cameroon and Germany as students, spouses, and workers, Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg brings into focus migration and […]

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