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Portraits of a Practice
The Production of Uncertainty in Lao Hydropower
In the 2000s, Laos was treated as a model country for the efficacy of privatized, "sustainable" hydropower projects as viable options for World Bank-led development. By viewing hydropower as a process that creates ecologically uncertain environments, Jerome Whitington reveals how new forms of managerial care have emerged in the context of a...
The Technocratic Antarctic
An Ethnography of Scientific Expertise and Environmental Governance
The Technocratic Antarctic is an ethnographic account of the scientists and policymakers who work on Antarctica. Jessica O'Reilly conducted most of her research for this book in New Zealand, home of the "Antarctic Gateway" city of Christchurch, and on an expedition to Windless Bight, Antarctica, with the New Zealand Antarctic...
Treating Alcoholism in the Post-Soviet Clinic
Governing Habits is an ethnography of extraordinary sensitivity and awareness that shows how therapeutic practice and expertise is expressed in the highly specific, yet rapidly transforming milieu of hospitals, clinics, and rehabilitation centers in post-Soviet...
An Anthropology of Infrastructure and Expertise
Sweeping in scope and conceptually ambitious, this book tells a story of infrastructure and of global flows of money, goods, and...
This book examines the special relationship between politics and design in Sweden, revealing in particular the cultural meanings this relationship holds for Swedish...
The Viral Network
A Pathography of the H1N1 Influenza Pandemic
Theresa MacPhail examines our collective fascination with and fear of viruses through the lens of the 2009 H1N1...
The Light of Knowledge
Literacy Activism and the Politics of Writing in South India
This ethnography details the activities of Arivoli Iyakkam (the Enlightenment Movement), in which thousands of Tamil villagers in southern India have participated in literacy lessons, science demonstrations, and other events.
Scrambling for Africa
AIDS, Expertise, and the Rise of American Global Health Science
Crane reveals how Africa went from being a continent largely excluded from advancements in HIV medicine to an area of central concern and knowledge production within the increasingly popular field of global health science.
The Life Informatic
Newsmaking in the Digital Era
A fascinating account of journalists struggling to maintain their expertise and authority, even as they find their principles and skills profoundly challenged by ever more complex and fast-moving streams of information.