Anthropological Quarterly

Anthropological Quarterly
Volume 79, Number 1, Winter 2006

CONTENTS

Articles

    Mykytyn, Courtney Everts.
  • Anti-Aging Medicine: Predictions, Moral Obligations, and Biomedical Intervention
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    Subject Headings:
    • Aging -- Prevention -- Social aspects -- United States.
    • Aging -- Prevention -- Moral and ethical aspects -- United States.
    • Technological forecasting -- Social aspects -- United States.
    Abstract:
      The emergence and proliferation of anti-aging medicine since the 1990s situates the process of aging—rather than "age-associated" disease—as a target for biomedical intervention. Bypassing the notion of disease entirely, anti-aging proponents argue that biological aging is the problem. The shift tendered by anti-aging proponents proceeds largely upon predictions for the future. A compelling prediction must have built into it a sense of feasibility and a sense of moral purpose. Feasibility is principally predicated upon a particular history and a map for the endeavors' imagined success. The notion that aging is painful and costly both for the individual and for society links with the powerful ethic of scientific progress to ground anti-aging predictions in the here and now of scientific funding, research and practice. Imagining this kind of future demands, in this sense, its pursuit. And its pursuit then refashions our relationship to our past by reifying the particular history in which it is embedded.
    Keywords:
      future/prediction, biomedicine, nature/disease
    Misra, Kavita, 1971-
  • Politico-moral Transactions in Indian AIDS Service: Confidentiality, Rights and New Modalities of Governance
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    Subject Headings:
    • AIDS (Disease) -- Social aspects -- India.
    • Confidential communications -- Social aspects -- India.
    • Organizational behavior -- India.
    • Non-governmental organizations -- India.
    • Medical policy -- India.
    Abstract:
      This article examines the rise of non-governmental AIDS service in India as a space of cultural politics and of possibilities for social transformation. Drawing on ethnographic material from an AIDS service NGO in an urban North Indian setting, and the network of organizations that it is part of, the article describes the emergence of a transnationally mobile community of AIDS experts, their relationship to the non-governmental and the state and the circulation of ideas and practices between the global and the local. It focuses on the politico-moral transactions around confidentiality and embedded within it, the discourse of rights to show how they reflect changing configurations of governance and citizenship, and redefinitions of health.
    Keywords:
      AIDS, biosociality, NGOs, governance, rights and citizenship, cultural politics

Social Thought & Commentary

    Castañeda, Quetzil E.
  • The Invisible Theatre of Ethnography: Performative Principles of Fieldwork
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    Subject Headings:
    • Ethnology -- Field work.
    • Ethnology -- Methodology.
    • Anthropology -- Philosophy.
    • Performative (Philosophy)
    • Communication in anthropology.
    Pack, Sam.
  • How They See Me vs. How I See Them: The Ethnographic Self and the Personal Self
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    Subject Headings:
    • Ethnology -- Field work.
    • Ethnology -- Methodology.
    • Hopi Indians.
    • Self.
    • Communication in anthropology.
    Caldararo, Niccolo.
  • Suicide Bombers, Terror, History, and Religion
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    Subject Headings:
    • Suicide bombers.
    • Terrorism -- Europe -- History.
    • Political violence -- Europe -- History.
    • Terrorism -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
    • Political violence -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
    • Suffering -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
    • Suffering in art.

New Releases

    Schafer, Jessica.
  • From Enslavement to Environmentalism: Politics on a Southern African Frontier (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hughes, David McDermott. From enslavement to environmentalism: politics on a Southern African frontier.
    • Land use -- Zimbabwe -- Vhimba -- History.
    West, Harry G.
  • Global Shadows: Africa in the Neoliberal World Order (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Ferguson, James, 1959- Global shadows: Africa in the neoliberal world order.
    • Africa -- Foreign relations -- 1960-
    Goldstone, Brian.
  • Dilemmas of Culture in African Schools: Youth, Nationalism, and the Transformation of Knowledge (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Coe, Cati. Dilemmas of culture in African schools: youth, nationalism, and the transformation of knowledge.
    • Educational anthropology -- Ghana.
    Benson, Peter.
  • Sacred Cow, Mad Cow: A History of Food Fears (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Ferrières, Madeleine. Sacred cow, mad cow: a history of food fears.
    • Gladding, Jody, 1955-, tr.
    • Nutritionally induced diseases -- France -- History.

Book Reviews

    Boyarin, Jonathan.
  • Symptoms of Modernity: Jews and Queers in Late-Twentieth-Century Vienna (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bunzl, Matti, 1971- Symptoms of modernity: Jews and queers in late-twentieth-century Vienna.
    • Jews -- Austria -- Vienna -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
    Durston, Alan.
  • Catechizing Culture: Missionaries, Aymaras, and the "New Evangelization" (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Orta, Andrew. Catechizing culture: missionaries, Aymara, and the "new evangelism".
    • Aymara Indians -- Religion.
    Hegman, Susan.
  • Before Cultures: The Ethnographic Imagination in American Literature, 1865-1920 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Evans, Brad. Before cultures: the ethnographic imagination in American literature, 1865-1920.
    • American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.



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