Life Beside Itself

Imagining Care in the Canadian Arctic

Author: Lisa Stevenson

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520282604

Category: Medical

Page: 251

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"This ethnographic study examines two historical moments in the Canadian Arctic: the Inuit tuberculosis epidemic (1940s to the early 1960s) and the subsequent suicide epidemic (1980s to the present). The colonial Canadian North was imagined as a laboratory for a social experiment to transform Inuit into bona fide Canadian citizens by, among other things, reducing their death rate. This experiment demanded Inuit cooperation with the forms of anonymous care the state provided--including the evacuation of tubercular Inuit Southern Sanatoria, which left many Inuit families without the story or image of their loved one's death. A similar indifference to who lives or dies is manifest in the adoption of the "suicide hotline"--an explicitly anonymous form of care where caregivers exhort unidentified Inuit to live while simultaneously expecting them to die. Through attention to the images through which people think and dream, Stevenson describes a world in which life is "beside itself": the name-soul of a teenager who dies in a crash lives again in his friend's newborn baby, a young girl shares a last smoke with a dead friend in a dream, the possessed hands of a clock spin uncontrollably over its face. For the Inuit, life is "somewhere else," and Stevenson attempts to articulate forms of care adequate to that truth"--
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A War on People

Drug User Politics and a New Ethics of Community

Author: Jarrett Zigon

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520969952

Category: Social Science

Page: 215

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If we see that our contemporary condition is one of war and widely diffused complexity, how do we understand our most basic ethical motivations? What might be the aims of our political activity? A War on People takes up these questions and offers a glimpse of a possible alternative future in this ethnographically and theoretically rich examination of the activity of some unlikely political actors: users of heroin and crack cocaine, both active and former. The result is a groundbreaking book on how anti–drug war political activity offers transformative processes that are termed worldbuilding and enacts nonnormative, open, and relationally inclusive alternatives to such key concepts as community, freedom, and care. Read the author's article about the opiod crisis on Open Democracy.
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Studying Arctic Fields

Cultures, Practices, and Environmental Sciences

Author: Ricard C. Powell

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 0773552561

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

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In recent years the circumpolar region has emerged as the key to understanding global climate change. The plight of the polar bear, resource extraction debates, indigenous self-determination, and competing definitions of sovereignty among Arctic nation-states have brought the northernmost part of the planet to the forefront of public consideration. Yet little is reported about the social world of environmental scientists in the Arctic. What happens at the isolated sites where experts seek to answer the most pressing questions facing the future of humanity? Portraying the social lives of scientists at Resolute in Nunavut and their interactions with logistical staff and Inuit, Richard Powell demonstrates that the scientific community is structured along power differentials in response to gender, class, and race. To explain these social dynamics the author examines the history and vision of the Government of Canada’s Polar Continental Shelf Program and John Diefenbaker’s “Northern Vision,” combining ethnography with wider discourses on nationalism, identity, and the postwar evolution of scientific sovereignty in the high Arctic. By revealing an expanded understanding of the scientific life as it relates to politics, history, and cultures, Studying Arctic Fields articulates a new theory of field research. Advocating for a greater appreciation of science in the remote parts of the world, Studying Arctic Fields is an innovative approach to anthropology, environmental inquiry, and geography, and a landmark statement on Arctic science as a social practice.
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Messy Eating

Conversations on Animals as Food

Author: Samantha King,R. Scott Carey,Isabel Macquarrie,Victoria Niva Millious,Elaine M. Power

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 0823283666

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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Literature on the ethics and politics of food and that on human–animal relationships have infrequently converged. Representing an initial step toward bridging this divide, Messy Eating features interviews with thirteen prominent and emerging scholars about the connections between their academic work and their approach to consuming animals as food. The collection explores how authors working across a range of perspectives—postcolonial, Indigenous, black, queer, trans, feminist, disability, poststructuralist, posthumanist, and multispecies—weave their theoretical and political orientations with daily, intimate, and visceral practices of food consumption, preparation, and ingestion. Each chapter introduces a scholar for whom the tangled, contradictory character of human–animal relations raises difficult questions about what they eat. Representing a departure from canonical animal rights literature, most authors featured in the collection do not make their food politics or identities explicit in their published work. While some interviewees practice vegetarianism or veganism, and almost all decry the role of industrialized animal agriculture in the environmental crisis, the contributors tend to reject a priori ethical codes and politics grounded in purity, surety, or simplicity. Remarkably free of proscriptions, but attentive to the Eurocentric tendencies of posthumanist animal studies, Messy Eating reveals how dietary habits are unpredictable and dynamic, shaped but not determined by life histories, educational trajectories, disciplinary homes, activist experiences, and intimate relationships. These accessible and engaging conversations offer rare and often surprising insights into pressing social issues through a focus on the mundane—and messy— interactions that constitute the professional, the political, and the personal. Contributors: Neel Ahuja, Billy-Ray Belcourt, Matthew Calarco, Lauren Corman, Naisargi Dave, Maneesha Deckha, María Elena García, Sharon Holland, Kelly Struthers Montford, H. Peter Steeves, Kim TallBear, Sunaura Taylor, Harlan Weaver, Kari Weil, Cary Wolfe
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Theorien des Medienwandels

Author: Susanne Kinnebrock,Christian Schwarzenegger,Thomas Birkner

Publisher: Herbert von Halem Verlag

ISBN: 386962129X

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

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›Medienwandel‹ ist eines der bestimmenden Schlagwörter im medien- und kommunikationswissenschaftlichen Fachdiskurs geworden. Zugleich zeigt sich, dass dieses ›Totalphänomen‹ begrifflich schwer zu fassen ist. Auffällig häufig wird der Begriff ›Medienwandel‹ primär auf ›neue‹ Medien, Technologien und Innovationen bezogen. Dabei wird systematisch vernachlässigt, dass jeder Wandel ein Vorher und Nachher hat und dass aktuelle Phänomene erst durch eine diachrone Betrachtung und die Einordnung in größere historische Zusammenhänge zu verstehen sind. Der vorliegende Band will diese Lücke schließen und einen substanziellen Beitrag zur Theoriebildung wie auch zur Systematisierung zukünftiger Forschungen zum Medienwandel leisten. Dafür wird ›Medienwandel‹ in den einzelnen Beiträgen unter evolutions- und innovationstheoretischen, kultur- sowie geschichtstheoretischen Perspektiven betrachtet.
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Harper's Weekly

Author: John Bonner,George William Curtis,Henry Mills Alden,Samuel Stillman Conant,Montgomery Schuyler,John Foord,Richard Harding Davis,Carl Schurz,Henry Loomis Nelson,John Kendrick Bangs,George Brinton McClellan Harvey,Norman Hapgood

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American periodicals

Page: N.A

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