The Society for Medical Anthropology’s Letter to President Trump on the ACA

February 16, 2017 Dear President Donald Trump, Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Secretary Tom Price, Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Lamar Alexander, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader-Elect Charles Schumer, and Representative Kevin Brady: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has prevented thousands of U.S. citizens from experiencing financial ruin due to medical costs […]

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The future of trans- medicine under Trump

by Eric Plemons   On the morning of November 8, I assuaged my Election Day anxieties by working on a small grant application that a mentor had suggested she could put in front of some friendly funders. For months I had been developing a project examining how US institutions are responding to a growing demand […]

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Incarcerated women, anthropology, and Trump

by Carolyn Sufrin, MD, PhD “My worst day in jail is better than my best day on the streets.”   This is a phrase that Kima, a woman I came to know while doing fieldwork and practicing medicine in jail, said to me a number of times. Kima’s declaration reflects an unsettling reality, which I describe […]

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Introducing Second Spear

“As a matter of fact Zande thought expresses the notion of natural and mystical causation quite clearly by using a hunting metaphor to define their relations. Azande always say of witchcraft that it is the umbaga or second spear. When Azande kill game there is a division of meat between the man who first speared […]

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Letter from the Editor

I am delighted to be taking over as Editor of Medical Anthropology Quarterly, the AAA’s flagship journal for our field.  I do so with gratitude to Lance Gravlee for his four years of diligent leadership and his extraordinary effort in generating the MAQ website that is launching simultaneously with my editorship.  Thanks also to Yasemin […]

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Open access options at MAQ

One of the most striking changes in scholarly publishing is the growth of open access, and anthropologists are deeply engaged in this movement. Tom Boellstorff, former Editor of American Anthropologist, made the case for “Why the AAA Needs Gold Open Access” (open-access version). Cultural Anthropology will go gold open access in 2014. And I expressed […]

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MAQ seeks a new Book Review Editor

Medical Anthropology Quarterly invites applications for the position of Book Reviews Editor. The ideal candidate would be broadly trained in medical anthropology and committed to meeting publication deadlines. The Book Reviews Editor’s responsibilities include: selecting books for review identifying qualified reviewers ensuring that reviews are completed in a timely manner editing reviews for length, clarity, […]

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Special focus section: re-examining biopolitics

The December 2012 issue of MAQ features a special focus section on biopolitics and related concepts in contemporary medical anthropology. In their introduction to the collection, Rebecca Marsland and Ruth Prince explain that the articles aim “to analyze critically the current fascination with biopolitics through empirical studies in sites where biomedical technology or techniques of […]

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Editorial transition at MAQ

MAQ began an editorial transition on January 1, as I began my term as Editor. During the first six months of 2013, outgoing Editors Mark Luborsky, Andrea Sankar, and I will work together to ensure a smooth transition of the MAQ editorial office. New manuscripts submitted on or after Jan. 1, 2013 will be handled […]

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