Tag: Biopower/biopolitics

COVID-19 and the extraordinary normality of the War on Drugs by Jennifer L. Syvertsen

As if it were not challenging enough during the “normal emergencies” [1] of the United States-led War on Drugs, research and advocacy for sane drug policies becomes even…

COVID-19, the Freedom to Die, and the Necropolitics of the Market by Vito Laterza

Field hospital constructed in Gothenburg, Sweden in March 2020. Photo: Helén Sjöland. While reading Giorgio Agamben’s (2020) anthropological note on the “danger” of habituation of Italians to…

Life/NonLife: a forum by Ann H. Kelly

This Somatosphere forum features essays written in the wake of a debate held at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the United Kingdom…

Jasbir Puar’s The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability by Dina Omar

The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability Jasbir Puar Duke University Press, 2017. 296 pages.   Jasbir Puar’s second book, The Right to Maim, examines the relationship between life,…

Creating Bodies, Creating a Nation: How the Idea of the Straight, White, Muscular Male Body Shaped America by Ketil Slagstad

Governing Bodies: American Politics and the Shaping of the Modern Physique Rachel Louise Moran  University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018. 224 pages.   1. When Michelle Obama launched the “Let&#8217…

Osagie Obasogie and Marcy Darnovsky’s Beyond Bioethics: Toward a New Biopolitics by Travis Chi Wing Lau

Beyond Bioethics: Toward a New Biopolitics Osagie K. Obasogie and Marcy Darnovsky (editors) University of California Press, 2018. 518 pages   “The science will let loose its cascading interactions wit…

Omar Dewachi’s Ungovernable Life: Mandatory Medicine and Statecraft in Iraq by Anna Zogas

Ungovernable Life: Mandatory Medicine and Statecraft in Iraq Omar Dewachi Stanford University Press, 2017. 239 pp.   Every year, tens of thousands of Iraqi patients leave their country…

Andrew Lakoff’s Unprepared: Global Health in a Time of Emergency by Christos Lynteris

Unprepared: Global Health in a Time of Emergency Andrew Lakoff University of California Press, 2017. 240 pages.   Let us be frank: it is hard to think preparedness…

Web Roundup: In the clouds by Lily Shapiro

As I’m sure many of you saw, this month started with the successful launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, giving a boost (sorry) to privatized space travel, and providing…

Top of the Heap: Paul Rabinow by Hannah Gibson

For this installment of the Top of the Heap series, I spoke with Paul M. Rabinow, who is a Professor of medical and sociocultural anthropology at the University…

Limn issue no. 5: Ebola’s Ecologies by Todd Meyers

We’d like to help spread the word about the recent issue of Limn, edited by Andrew Lakoff, Stephen J. Collier and Christopher Kelty, now in print. From the…