Centre for Social Science and Global Health

Highlighted Articles

  • The Ambiguity of Patient-Centred Practices

    This paper by Trudy Gerrits examines the manifold effects of patient-centred practices on women andmen undergoing IVF treatment.

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  • Does Meat Come from Animals?

    This article by Emily Yates-Doerr is inspired by the (participant-)observation that meat can take ontologically diverse forms—not all of which align with an understanding of meat that has underpinnings in mononaturalist phylogeny in which ...

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  • The 'Thinking a Lot' Idiom of Distress and PTSD

    This article by Devon Hinton, Ria Reis and Joop de Jong proposes a general model of how Thinking a Lot (TAL) generates various types of distress that then cause PTSD-type psychopathology, a model we refer to as the TAL–PTSD model.

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  • Revealing the Hidden Agency of Children in a Clinical Setting

    This article demonstrates how children with diabetes make creative use of resources to make themselves heard by adults and to accomplish personal goals.

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  • Beyond Fact or Fiction: On the Materiality of Race in Practice

    This article by Amade M'charek suggests a turn to practice to examine what race is and how it is made relevant.

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  • Living with Omega-3: New Materialism and Enduring Concerns

    In this paper, Sebastian Abrahamsson, Filippo Bertoni, Annemarie Mol, and Rebeca Ibáñez Martín will use the case of omega-3 fatty acids to address the questions of how materials may act; in which ways this is relevant; and what is linked up with it.

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  • What is a Situation?: An Assemblic Ethnography of the Drug War

    In this article by Jarrett Zigon, he describes what he learned from the anti-drug war movement—in terms of what its participants address, how they address it, and their form of organization—may help anthropologists rethink their own objects of study.

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  • ‘We are the canary in a coal mine’: Establishing a disease category and a new health risk

    This article by Bert de Graaff and Christian Broer analyses the process of establishing a risk object – electromagnetic fields.

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  • Medical technologies: flows, frictions and new socialities

    While social scientists often highlight the way medical technologies mediate biomedical hegemony, this special issue focuses on the creative and often unexpected ways in which medical technologies are appropriated by diverse actors in homes, ...

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  • ‘At the hospital I learnt the truth’: diagnosing male infertility in rural Malawi

    This paper by Fiona Parrott examines how men's reproductive bodies are problematised in rural northern Malawi as access to biomedically defined diagnoses of the health of men's sperm contribute to the visibility of male infertility

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  • “Let's Talk about Sex”: A Qualitative Study of Rwandan Adolescents' Views on Sex and HIV

    This qualitative study explored the views and experiences of adolescents with perinatally acquired HIV in Kigali, Rwanda, regarding sex, love, marriage, children and hope for the future.

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  • The Pharmaceutical Commons: Sharing and Exclusion in Global Health Drug Development

    This article explores the paradoxical role of private property in the new configuration of global health research and development.

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  • Temporalization and Ethical Action

    This essay attempts to reconceptualize temporality as it relates to ethics, by interrupting dominant anthropological notions of time—most particularly the temporal coherence of narrative unity—which are homogeneous and empty.

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  • The world in a box? Food security, edible insects, and “One World, One Health” collaboration

    This paper shows how the contingency of edibility complicates existing scientific models of travel that posit that singular objects spread peripherally outwards from a center into a globally connected, singular world.

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  • Anthropology of AIDS: Modes of Engagement

    This special issue is the fifth to focus on AIDS in Medical Anthropology; since the first, two special issues have focused on the prevention of HIV transmission and one on AIDS treatment. The focus of the current issue is on the normalization of ...

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  • "Passing children" and precarious pathways: on the contingency of reproductive life courses in Cameroon.

    This article by Erica van Sijpt explores the implications of reproductive mishaps for the life courses of women in eastern Cameroon.

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  • A Disease Unlike Any Other? Why HIV Remains Exceptional in the Age of Treatment

    This special issue explores the tensions between individuals and institutions pressing for routinization and normalization of HIV in multiple settings in North America and east and southern Africa, by focusing on case studies.

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  • In Press: Special Issue “Secrecy as embodied practice: beyond the confessional imperative”

    An Open Access Special issue of the Journal Culture, Health and Sexuality. Guest editors: Anita Hardon and Deborah Posel.

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  • "Othering" the health worker: self-stigmatization of HIV/AIDS care among health workers in Swaziland

    This study by Danny de Vries explored perceived barriers to accessing HIV/AIDS care and prevention services among health workers in Swaziland.

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