Stories in the Time of Cholera: Racial Profiling During a Medical Nightmare

The disease, the space of the Orinoco Delta, and the "indigenous ethnic group" who suffered cholera all came to seem somehow synonymous. One of the major threats to people's health worldwide is this deadly cycle of passing the blame. The authors have harnessed their own outrage over what took place during the epidemic and its aftermath in order to make clear the political and human stakes involved in the circulation of narratives, resources, and germs.

Carefully documenting how stigma, this first-rate ethnography demonstrates that the process undermines all the efforts of physicians and public health officials and at the same time contributes catastrophically to epidemics not only of cholera but also of tuberculosis, and statistics circulate across borders, malaria, stories, AIDS, and other killers.

In some communities, a third of the adults died in a single night, as anthropologist Charles Briggs and Clara Mantini-Briggs, a Venezuelan public health physician, reveal in their frontline report. Less evident were the ways that scientists, officials, and politicians connected representations of infectious diseases with images of social inequality.

In venezuela, cholera was racialized as officials used anthropological notions of "culture" in deflecting blame away from their institutions and onto the victims themselves. Yet in 1992-93, some five hundred people died from cholera in the Orinoco Delta of eastern Venezuela. Why, they ask in this moving and thought-provoking account, did so many die near the end of the twentieth century from a bacterial infection associated with the premodern past?It was evident that the number of deaths resulted not only from inadequacies in medical services but also from the failure of public health officials to inform residents that cholera was likely to arrive.

Cholera, although it can kill an adult through dehydration in half a day, is easily treated.


Folk Culture in the Digital Age: The Emergent Dynamics of Human Interaction

Blank sees the digital world as fully capable of generating, transmitting, performing, and archiving vernacular culture. Used book in Good Condition. But behavioral and structural overlap in many folkloric forms exists between on- and offline, and emerging patterns in digital rhetoric mimic the dynamics of previously documented folkloric forms, invoking familiar social or behavior customs, linguistic inflections, and symbolic gestures.

Folk culture in the digital age provides insights and perspectives on the myriad ways in which folk culture manifests in the digital age and contributes to our greater understanding of vernacular expression in our ever-changing technological world. Folk culture in the digital Age documents the emergent cultural scenes and expressive folkloric communications made possible by digital "new media" technologies.

New media is changing the ways in which people learn, share, participate, and engage with others as they adopt technologies to complement and supplement traditional means of vernacular expression. Smart phones, twitter, tablets, Facebook, and wireless Internet connections are the latest technologies to have become entrenched in our culture.

Although traditionalists have argued that computer-mediated communication and cyberspace are incongruent with the study of folklore, Trevor J.


"With His Pistol in His Hand": A Border Ballad and Its Hero Texas Classics

Gregorio cortez lira, a ranchhand of mexican parentage, pistols in hand, was virtually unknown until one summer day in 1901 when he and a Texas sheriff, blazed away at each other after a misunderstanding. Even today, in the cantinas along both sides of the Rio Grande, Mexicans sing the praises of the great "sheriff-killer" in the ballad which they call "El Corrido de Gregorio Cortez.

Américo paredes tells the story of cortez, fascinating detail in "With His Pistol in His Hand, the man and the legend, in vivid, " which also presents a unique study of a ballad in the making. The sheriff was killed and gregorio fled immediately, realizing that in practice there was one law for Anglo-Texans, another for Texas-Mexicans.

The chase, capture, and imprisonment of Cortez are high drama that cannot easily be forgotten. Used book in Good Condition. Deftly woven into the story are interpretations of the Border country, its history, its people, and their folkways.


In Amazonia: A Natural History

Combining richly textured ethnographic research and lively historical analysis, Raffles weaves a fascinating story that changes our understanding of this region and challenges us to rethink what we mean by "nature. Raffles draws from a wide range of material to demonstrate--in contrast to the tendency to downplay human agency in the Amazon--that the region is an outcome of the intimately intertwined histories of humans and nonhumans.

As hugh raffles shows us in this captivating and innovative book, the world's last great wilderness has been transformed again and again by human activity. Used book in Good Condition. The amazon is not what it seems. A natural history of a different kind, rivers, In Amazonia shows how humans, animals, and forests all participate in the making of a region that remains today at the center of debates in environmental politics.

He moves between a detailed narrative that analyzes the production of scientific knowledge about Amazonia over the centuries and an absorbing account of the extraordinary transformations to the fluvial landscape carried out over the past forty years by the inhabitants of Igarapé Guariba, four hours downstream from the nearest city.

Used book in Good Condition. In amazonia brings to life an amazon whose allure and reality lie as much, or more, in what people have made of it as in what nature has wrought. Engagingly written, and vividly illustrated, logging company executives, the book introduces a diverse range of characters--from sixteenth-century explorers and their native rivals to nineteenth-century naturalists and contemporary ecologists, theoretically inventive, and river-traders.

It casts new light on centuries of encounter while describing the dramatic remaking of a sweeping landscape by residents of one small community in the Brazilian Amazon.


With His Pistol in His Hand, a Border Ballad and Its Hero

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The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail California Series in Public Anthropology

Used book in Good Condition. California. In his gripping and provocative debut, anthropologist Jason De León sheds light on one of the most pressing political issues of our time—the human consequences of US immigration policy. The land of open graves reveals the suffering and deaths that occur daily in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona as thousands of undocumented migrants attempt to cross the border from Mexico into the United States.

Drawing on the four major fields of anthropology, linguistics, de león uses an innovative combination of ethnography, and forensic science to produce a scathing critique of “Prevention through Deterrence, archaeology, ” the federal border enforcement policy that encourages migrants to cross in areas characterized by extreme environmental conditions and high risk of death.

In harrowing detail, de león chronicles the journeys of people who have made dozens of attempts to cross the border and uncovers the stories of the objects and bodies left behind in the desert. The land of open Graves will spark debate and controversy. Used book in Good Condition. For two decades, this policy has failed to deter border crossers while successfully turning the rugged terrain of southern Arizona into a killing field.

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Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues, Updated with a New Preface

In reality, global as well as local, larger forces, determine why some people are sick and others are shielded from risk. Using field work and new scholarship to challenge the accepted methodologies of epidemiology and international health, from "cost-effective treatment" to patient "noncompliance, Farmer points out that most current explanatory strategies, " inevitably lead to blaming the victims.

Farmer writes of what can be done in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds, by physicians and medical students determined to treat those in need: whether in their home countries or through medical outreach programs like Doctors without Borders. Paul farmer has battled aidS in rural Haiti and deadly strains of drug-resistant tuberculosis in the slums of Peru.

Infections and inequalities weds meticulous scholarship in medical anthropology with a passion for solutions—remedies for the plagues of the poor and the social illnesses that have sustained them. California. A physician-anthropologist with more than fifteen years in the field, even more than those of history, Farmer writes from the front lines of the war against these modern plagues and shows why, they target the poor.

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Life Exposed: Biological Citizens after Chernobyl

Used book in Good Condition. Tracing the story from an initial lack of disclosure to post-Soviet democratizing attempts to compensate sufferers, Adriana Petryna uses anthropological tools to take us into a world whose social realities are far more immediate and stark than those described by policymakers and scientists.

More than 3. 5 million people in ukraine alone, not to mention many citizens of surrounding countries, are still suffering the effects. University of California Press. She tracks the emergence of a "biological citizenship" in which assaults on health become the coinage through which sufferers stake claims for biomedical resources, social equity, and human rights.

Life exposed provides an anthropological framework for understanding the politics of emergent democracies, the nature of citizenship claims, and everyday forms of survival as they are interwoven with the profound changes that accompanied the collapse of the Soviet Union. California. Life exposed is the first book to comprehensively examine the vexed political, scientific, and social circumstances that followed the disaster.

She asks: what happens to politics when state officials fail to inform their fellow citizens of real threats to life? What are the moral and political consequences of remedies available in the wake of technological disasters? Through extensive research in state institutions, clinics, and with affected families and workers of the so-called Zone, laboratories, Petryna illustrates how the event and its aftermath have not only shaped the course of an independent nation but have made health a negotiated realm of entitlement.

On april 26, 1986, unit four of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded in then Soviet Ukraine.


Unmanageable Care: An Ethnography of Health Care Privatization in Puerto Rico

This book argues that pro-market reforms failed todeliver on many of their promises. Thehealth care system in Puerto Rico was dramatically transformed, just notaccording to plan. Set at a health insurancecompany dubbed Acme, this book chronicles how the privatization of the healthcare system in Puerto Rico transformed the experience of accessing andproviding care on the island.

California. Mulligan goes to work at anHMO and records what it’s really like to manage care. Through interviews and participant observation, the book explores the everyday contexts in which market reforms were enacted. It follows privatization into the compliance department of a managed careorganization, through the visits of federal auditors to a health plan, and intothe homes of health plan members who recount their experiences navigating thenew managed care system.

Inthe 1990s and early 2000s, policymakers in Puerto Rico sold off most of theisland’s public health facilities and enrolled the poor, elderly and disabledinto for-profit managed care plans. In unmanageable Care, anthropologist Jessica M. These reforms were supposed to promoteefficiency, cost-effectiveness, and high quality care.

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Vulnerability and the Art of Protection: Embodiment and Health Care in Moroccan Households Ethnographic Studies in Medical Anthropology

Based on ethnographic research conducted in rural Morocco, Vulnerability and the Art of Protection examines how culture shapes health behavior in low-income households. Used book in Good Condition. This embodied index, in turn, mediated the ambiguous relationship between general knowledge about health dangers and the immediate contexts of lived experience.

Case studies on the diverse protective strategies that Moroccan housewives used during pregnancy, and breastfeeding provide insight into the complexity of lived experience in a cultural context of medical pluralism, ethnic diversity, childbirth, and social change. The comparison illuminates links among the implicit structures of everyday life, embodied experience, and household health practices.

University of California Press. The book explores local forms of social, and spiritual experience to discern when and how women caregivers heeded, cultural, ignored, and manipulated both scientific and folk knowledge about health dangers. Used book in Good Condition. The integration of concepts such as embodied experience, intersubjectivity, cultural aesthetics, and practical logic offers medical anthropologists and public health professionals a new context-specific way to conceptualize risk-perception and the cultural determinants of health behavior.

Instead of depicting culture as a static set of beliefs or practices, the analysis highlights the dynamic way that embodied sensibilities influenced women's interpretation of the relative degree of danger in particular contexts and their enactment of particular strategies of protection. California.


Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"

New york times bestseller • amazon's best history book of the year 201 • time magazine’s best nonfiction book of 2018 • new York Public Library’s Best Book of 2018 • NPR’s Book Concierge Best Book of 2018 • Economist Book of the Year • SELF. Com’s best books of 2018 • audible’s best of the year • bookriot’s best audio books of 2018 • the atlantic’s books briefing: history, reconsidered • Atlanta Journal Constitution, Best Southern Books 2018  • The Christian Science Monitor’s Best Books 2018 • Barnes & Noble’s Best Books of the Year “A profound impact on Hurston’s literary legacy.

New york times“One of the greatest writers of our time. Toni morrison“zora neale Hurston’s genius has once again produced a Maestrapiece. Alice walkera major literary event: a newly published work from the author of the american classic their Eyes Were Watching God, with a foreword from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker,  brilliantly illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of one of the last-known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade—abducted from Africa on the last "Black Cargo" ship to arrive in the United States.

In 1927, just outside mobile, alabama, Zora Neale Hurston went to Plateau,  to interview eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis. During those weeks, the horrors of being captured and held in a barracoon for selection by american slavers, the harrowing experience of the Middle Passage packed with more than 100 other souls aboard the Clotilda, the young writer and the elderly formerly enslaved man ate peaches and watermelon that grew in the backyard and talked about Cudjo’s past—memories from his childhood in Africa, and the years he spent in slavery until the end of the Civil War.

Based on those interviews, and written from hurston’s perspective with the compassion and singular style that have made her one of the preeminent American authors of the twentieth-century, featuring Cudjo’s unique vernacular, Barracoon masterfully illustrates the tragedy of slavery and of one life forever defined by it.

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