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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…