Tag: Biopolitics

The Government of Beans – [book review]

Guest Contributor , October 6th, 2020


Anthrodendum welcomes guest blogger, V.M. Roberts, a PhD student at York University. He studies industrialization, agriculture, and the experience of machine operation from an interdisciplinary perspe…


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Fit for Purpose? Prime Minister Johnson’s Two Bodies and the UK Better Health Strategy by Kandida Purnell

Kandida Purnell , September 11th, 2020


Amongst the UK’s current Conservative Government, rhetorically invoking the body politic is common practice. For example, in 2019 Number 10 Special Advisor Dominic Cummings argued that a European…


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Problemas bioéticos ¿emergentes o persistentes? expuestos por la pandemia COVID-19

Rebecca_Irons , September 4th, 2020


JOSÉ RAMÓN ACOSTA SARIEGO El escenario de una catástrofe anunciada. La pandemia COVID-19 ha mostrado en toda su crudeza las falencias, vulnerabilidades, injusticias y desigualdades que aquejan …


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What Type of Governmentality is This? Or, how do we govern unknowns by Robert D. Smith

Robert D. Smith , May 26th, 2020


In Le Temps, a French newspaper, anthropologist Julie Billaud wrote that the governance of COVID-19 represents “a move towards a biopolitical mode of governance that aims to manage…


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Brave New Normal World

Mateusz Laszczkowski , April 3rd, 2020


When politicians begin to speak of a post-corona “new normality”, what does that imply? And why should we be concerned?   The spread of the coronavirus and the…


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Feeble-mindedness, depression and obesity: a brief history of eugenics and dietary interventions in Australia by Christopher Mayes

Christopher Mayes , March 3rd, 2020


In October 2019 the Australian Productivity Commission (APC) released a report stating that mental health cost employers $4.7 billion AUD in absenteeism. The report also highlighted significant gover…


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Dark Patterns, or Shades of Grey?

Alex Beattie , December 17th, 2019


Screen Time app. Credit: Apple Press Kit Auto-playing videos. Bottomless social media newsfeeds. Accentuated “I consent” buttons. The internet may appear as a Choose Your Own Adventure, but…


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Marxism is amphetamines, biopolitics is cocaine: Social science theories as drugs.

Hilary Agro , October 22nd, 2019


Okay so hear me out, I have a new bit: Social science theories as drugs. Biopolitics is cocaine. I like it in small doses, and I can see…


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Web Roundup: CRISPR Babies and Bioethics by Whitney Arey

Whitney Arey , January 1st, 2019


In late November, He Jiankui, a scientist in China, announced that he had created the first “CRISPR babies,” meaning that he performed germ-line genome edits on human embryos, which…


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Ep. #25: Zombie nouns, meaningful objects, biopolitics in politics, and value trials: This month on TFS

The Familiar Strange , October 28th, 2018


This month Julia (0:59), starts us off with a discussion about zombie nouns – non-nouns that have been turned into nouns – such as sociality, relationality, neoliberalisation, and…


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In the Journals, October 2018

williamodum , October 22nd, 2018


Map of Downtown Vancouver, taken from Fast, Danya, and David Cunningham. ““We Don’t Belong There”: New Geographies of Homelessness, Addiction, and Social Control in Vancouver’s Inner City.&#8221…


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Material as opposed to what? Three recent ethnographies of welfare, biological labor, and human dignity by Leo Coleman

Leo Coleman , January 21st, 2017


Catherine Fennell. Last Project Standing: Civics and Sympathy in Post-Welfare Chicago. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015. Kalinda Vora. Life Support: Biocapital and the New History of O…


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Genetics, Race, and the Practice of Science, Part Two

Natalie Konopinski , December 2nd, 2016


On how human genetics is biopolitical. Earlier this year Jonathan Marks and I sat down at the University of Notre Dame for a conversation about his recent books,…


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Genetics, Race, and the Practice of Science, Part One

Natalie Konopinski , December 1st, 2016


On how the humanities help us think critically about science. Jonathan Marks and I have a lot in common (despite the fact that I am a Christian feminist…


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Conference Report: “Biopolitics and Psychosomatics: Participating Bodies” by Alev Sen

Alev Sen , October 7th, 2016


Biopolitics and Psychosomatics: Participating Bodies 8 July 2016, University of Cambridge Conveners: Darin Weinberg, University of Cambridge Monica Greco, Goldsmiths, University of London Robbie Dusch…


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1000 Risks and Birth-and-Death in Cape Town by Kathleen McDougall

Kathleen McDougall , June 28th, 2016


“I was willing to die,” Terri told me, “I just didn’t want to have another caesarian.” She referred to her vaginal birth after three c-sections (a VBA3C), which…


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Disability as Diversity: A New Biopolitics by Michele Friedner

Michele Friedner , May 23rd, 2016


We’re a medical anthropologist and a literary critic, and while our research interests seemingly have little overlap, we found ourselves engaged in a series of conversations about how…


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Silo as System: Infrastructural Interventions into the Political Economy of Wheat

colinhoag , April 12th, 2016


Ateya Khorakiwala, Harvard University § This post underscores how the seemingly straightforward and yet iconic American silo evolved into a different kind of storage infrastructure when it encountered…


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