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Living and Dying in the Contemporary World

A Compendium

Veena Das (Editor), Clara Han (Editor)

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Description

Taking a novel approach to the contradictory impulses of violence and care, illness and healing, this book radically shifts the way we think of the interrelations of institutions and experiences in a globalizing world. Living and Dying in the Contemporary World is not just another reader in medical anthropology but a true tour de force—a deep exploration of all that makes life unbearable and yet livable through the labor of ordinary people.

This book comprises forty-four chapters by scholars whose ethnographic and historical work is conducted around the globe, including South Asia, East Asia, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Bringing together the work of established scholars with the vibrant voices of younger scholars, Living and Dying in the Contemporary World will appeal to anthropologists, sociologists, health scientists, scholars of religion, and all who are curious about how to relate to the rapidly changing institutions and experiences in an ever more connected world.

 

University of California Press, 9780520278417, 896pp.

Publication Date: November 17, 2015



About the Author

Veena Das is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of Affliction: Health, Disease, Poverty and Life and Words: Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary, as well as coeditor of The Ground Between: Anthropologists Engage Philosophy.

Clara Han is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of Life in Debt: Times of Care and Violence in Neoliberal Chile.