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- DescriptionOverall, the volume is well written and free of unnecessary jargon. Accordingly, it would be very useful for graduate-level courses in medical anthropology, and well suited to sociocultural graduate courses...[It] provides important new theoretical insights on the body and embodiment for a wide readership, the books is an excellent choice for use in teaching. Medical Anthropology Quarterly Social Bodies and most of its individual contributions are compelling, well written, and thought-provoking. One impressive feature of the book is its juxtaposition of anthropological sub-fields (and related fields) that conceptualize what bodies and their constituent parts are, do, and represent in radically different ways. JRAI ...a tightly conceived and interlinked collection sampling some of the best work in contemporary anthropology on the body...Social Bodies is short but rich. The editorial and chapters interrelate well. As a 'whole', it left me challenged by its ideas and ethgraphy. Anthropology in Action A proliferation of press headlines, social science texts and ethical concerns about the social implications of recent developments in human genetics and biomedicine have created a sense that, at least in European and American contexts, both the way we treat the human body and our attitudes towards it have changed. This volume asks what really happens to social relations in the face of new types of transaction - such as organ donation, forensic identification and other new medical and reproductive techlogies - that involve the use of corporeal material. Drawing on comparative insights into how human biological material is treated, it aims to consider how far human bodies and their components are themselves inherently social. The case studies - ranging from animal-human transformations in Amazonia to forensic reconstruction in post-conflict Serbia and the treatment of Native American specimens in English museums - all underline that, without social relations, there are bodies but only human remains. The volume gives us new and striking ethgraphic insights into bodies as sociality, as well as a potentially powerful analytical reconsideration of tions of embodiment. It makes a vel contribution, too, to science and society debates. Helen Lambert is Reader in Medical Anthropology at the University of Bristol, U.K. She has done fieldwork in India and the UK and her research interests include anthropology and public health, HIV, Indian medical traditions, gender and relatedness in South Asia, and tions of evidence. She has numerous publications in the anthropology of India and medical anthropology and is currently working on bonesetters and marginal medicine in India. She contributed the chapter on 'New medical anthropology' to the SAGE Handbook of Social Anthropology (ASA/Sage 2012). Maryon McDonald is Fellow in Social Anthropology at Robinson College, Cambridge, UK. Her research interests include nationalism and supranationalism, medical anthropology, the EU and questions of accountability; her fieldwork has been conducted in France, in EU institutions, and in the UK. She has published on both the anthropology of Europe and medical anthropology, and has contributed the overview 'Medical Anthropology and Anthropological Studies of Science' to Kockel et al (eds.) A Companion to the Anthropology of Europe (2012, Wiley-Blackwell). She is currently completing a large Leverhulme-funded project examining changing perceptions of 'the body.'
- Author BiographyHelen Lambert is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Medicine, Bristol University and formerly taught at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She studied social anthropology at Oxford University and has done fieldwork in India and the UK. Her research interests include medical anthropology, gender and relatedness in South Asia, public health and notions of evidence. She has numerous publications in the anthropology of India and medical anthropology; her most recent project was a Special Issue of Social Science and Medicine (2006) offering anthropological analyses of evidence-based health care. Maryon McDonald studied social anthropology at Oxford University and became Reader at Brunel University. Since 1997 she has been Fellow in Social Anthropology at Robinson College, Cambridge. Her research interests include nationalism, medical anthropology, the EU and questions of accountability; her fieldwork has been conducted in France, in EU institutions, and in the UK. She has published widely on questions of identity, addiction and health, the anthropology of the EU and is editor of Languages of Accountability (Berghahn, forthcoming). She is currently engaged in a large Leverhulme-funded project examining changing perceptions of the body.
- PublisherBerghahn Books
- Date of Publication01/11/2011
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBerghahn Books
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight270 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Edited byHelen Lambert,Maryon McDonald
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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