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Conference Report: Social Medicine from the South by Alice Hilborn

Alice Hilborn , August 27th, 2021


(On behalf of the Wellcome Trust Global Social Medicine Network) Introduction Social Medicine from the South was a virtual two-day mini-conference consisting of two panels that took place…


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Regulating Misinformation from the Global South

Pinky Hota , August 26th, 2021


Gathering information through our devices. Photo credit: https://unsplash.com India is among the top three internet markets internationally with nearly seven hundred million users. What can debates in…


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Plastic Pollution Goes Far Beyond Litter by Gauri Pathak

Gauri Pathak , July 5th, 2021


Plastics in the oceans. Beaches littered with plastics. Images of whales and cows with plastics in their bellies. Calls for citizens not to litter, to throw away trash…


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A moral politics of blame

guestauth0r , May 17th, 2021


Modern municipal waste disposal is not limited to removal of garbage, but often involves a strategic churning out of unwanted people, and extreme events such as dump fires…


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Africa, the Cutting Edge for Health Care: Lessons from The Continent for the U.S. during COVID-19 by Emma Bunkley

Emma Bunkley , February 25th, 2021


While the United States is often celebrated as a global leader in health expertise, it currently leads the world in COVID-19 infections and deaths. African countries, often considered…


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A Shifting Hospital and Shifting Dependencies in Jammu and Kashmir by Sugandh Gupta

Sugandh Gupta , January 26th, 2021


Design by okb-buro.com Arun Bhaiya[1] –Ramesh, I am giving you these medicines.  Count them and tell me how many tablets do you have? Arun Bhaiya throws the seven…


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Disrupting medical anthropology: Views from Kenya and Cameroon on how to build a more inclusive discipline by Moïse Mvetumbo

Moïse Mvetumbo , December 23rd, 2020


Medical anthropologists often strive to disrupt typical public health and medical discourses, in part by questioning the broader applicability of individualized psychological concepts and biomedical …


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Introduction: Working Definitions: Making and Unmaking “Medical Anthropology” around the World by Elizabeth Durham

Elizabeth Durham , December 16th, 2020


Anthropology’s interest in health, illness, prevention, and treatment is longstanding and increasingly robust. In this era of medical development, epidemics and pandemics, and debates in both the oft…


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Working Definitions: Making and Unmaking “Medical Anthropology” around the World by Paschal Kum Awah

Paschal Kum Awah , June 25th, 2020


Somatosphere Special Series – Call for Contributions Editors: Professor Paschal Kum Awah (Chair, Anthropology, University of Yaoundé I) and Elizabeth Durham (PhD Candidate, Anthropology, Pri…


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

Vito Laterza , May 12th, 2020


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…


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Covid-19 and global health, seen from France: the end of a “great divide”? by Jean-Paul Gaudillière

Jean-Paul Gaudillière , April 30th, 2020


Note — this text is an updated version of an article published in French by Analyse Opinion Critique (AOC) on April 3rd, 2020. On March 13th, 2020, an…


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“Hygiene” is the Future: Lessons from “Post”-Cholera Haiti by Guilberly Louissaint

Guilberly Louissaint , April 16th, 2020


This essay is about paying respect. In 2018, after my first summer of preliminary fieldwork in the Artibonite region of Haiti, I returned disappointed and disillusioned. With the…


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Covid-19: scales of pandemics and scales of anthropology by Jean Segata

Jean Segata , April 3rd, 2020


Outbreak, epidemics, and pandemics are technical terms from epidemiology. They are used for temporal, geographical, and quantitative classification of infectious diseases. These terms are fundamental…


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Clara Han: Echoes of Death and the Life Story. Keynote at Urbanization, Gender, and the Global South

Lifetimes by Susan Reynolds Whyte

Susan Reynolds Whyte , January 7th, 2019


“It’s only Veria who can bathe our old mama,” remarked mama’s daughter-in-law with gentle amusement. “Because Veria is blind. You know how modest mama is. She doesn’t want…


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Disability from the South: Toward a Lexicon by Michele Friedner

Michele Friedner , December 17th, 2018


In this series, we work to broaden the horizons of an emergent anthropology of disability[1] by taking two considerations as the starting point for a conversation. On the…


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Euphemisms for the Global Other

Rick Wilk , August 15th, 2018


I recently attended a conference in Copenhagen about sustainable consumption where I kept hearing “the Global South” used to refer to poor people in general, to low income…


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Bringing anthropologies of the state to Mainz: A workshop report

Konstanze N’Guessan , July 11th, 2018


With #anthrostate, allegralab seems to suggest that there is a distinct subdiscipline of anthropology that studies the contemporary state. However, following Bourdieu (1994), Navaro-Yashin (2002) or m…


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The Power and Precarity of Global Health Partnerships by Clare Herrick

Clare Herrick , June 28th, 2018


A recent issue of Medicine Anthropology Theory devoted to the critique of global health partnerships (GHPs) raises a question of great significance to many Somatosphere readers: ‘In real world…


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Laboratory capacity building and the open hardware movement by Louise Bezuidenhout

Louise Bezuidenhout , April 18th, 2018


Through my work in African laboratories I am regularly made aware of the challenging equipment shortages faced by research laboratories in many low/middle-income countries (LMICs). This extends far…


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Book Review: Suburban Planet: Making the World Urban from the Outside In by Roger Keil

Rose Deller , April 18th, 2018


Suburban Planet: Making the World Urban from the Outside In, authored by Roger Keil, emerges out of an eight-year research programme on global suburbanisms to explore the diversity…


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Global Health Diagnostics: Workshop Summary by Shona Lee

Shona Lee , April 11th, 2018


On January 17th, 2018, participants from the UK, Europe, and India gathered in Edinburgh for “Investigating Diagnostic Devices in Global Health”, a workshop that also marked the launch…


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The Testing Revolution: Investigating Diagnostic Devices in Global Health by Alice Street

Alice Street , April 9th, 2018


Image by Alice Street in collaboration with Jennifer Littlejohn. The origins of laboratory medicine are often traced to the establishment of a small clinical laboratory in Guy’s Hospital,…


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Mapping new voices: Towards a Latin American perspective on Global Mental Health by PLASMA

PLASMA , March 16th, 2018


This article describes the creation of a collaborative initiative started by PhD students interested in mental health issues in Latin America. It reports on its first workshop “Mapping…


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