BCSM News and Announcements

New Book on Women's Empowerment and Global Health Co-Edited by BCSM Faculty Affliliate Shari Dworkin

Book CoverWomen's Empowerment and Global Health: A Twenty-First-Century Agenda (University of California Press 2016) is edited by Shari Dworkin, Monica Gandhi, and Paige Passano. The book presents thirteen multidisciplinary case studies that demonstrate how science and advocacy can be creatively merged to enhance the agency and status of women around the world. The book is complemented by videos that give background about programs in India, the United States, Mexico, Nicaragua, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Shari Dworkin is Associate Dean & Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at UC San Francisco and an affilated faculty member with BCSM.

 Seth Holmes Receives National Anthropology Book Award

Book CoverSeth Holmes, Co-Chair of ISSI’s Berkeley Center for Social Medicine and Associate Professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology, is this year’s recipient of the Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology for his book Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farm Workers in the United States. The Prize, awarded by the American Anthropological Association, is for scholarly work that allows "citizens, leaders and governments to make informed policy choices, and thereby improve their society's or community's chances for realizing preferred futures and avoiding unwanted ones." The selection committee acclaimed his book as a “trenchant ethnography that offers new possibilities for an engaged, empathic anthropology.”

 How Does Discrimination Affect People’s Health?

Nuru-Jeter and students in the labA new study by Amani Nuru-Jeter, BCSM-affiliated faculty member and Associate Professor in the School of Public Health, is featured in this month’s edition of Oakland Magazine. Nuru-Jeter’s study explores the association between chronic social stress, including racial discrimination, and mental and physical health among African-American women. Early findings show that how women cope with the stress created by chronic experiences of racism has a direct impact on their health. Read more here.

 New Article on MUNI Bus Drivers and Neoliberal Time Discipline

busMark Fleming, former ISSI Graduate Fellow and currently a visiting scholar at BCSM, has a new article, “Mass Transit Workers and Neoliberal Time Discipline in San Francisco,” in American Anthropologist. In the article, based on ethnographic research with bus drivers, he shows how “neoliberal time discipline works to delegitimize the wage labor contract itself and to fracture the social arrangements of long-term, waged employment.”

 Book Award for addicted.pregnant.poor by Kelly Knight

Book CoverCongratulations to Kelly Knight, BCSM faculty member and assistant professor of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine at UCSF. Her book addicted.pregnant.poor (Duke University Press 2015) received the British Sociological Association’s Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness 2016 Book Award. The book is an ethnography of addicted, pregnant, and poor women living in daily-rent hotels in San Francisco's Mission district. During her four years of fieldwork Knight documented women’s struggles as they traveled from the street to the clinic, jail, and family court, and back to the hotels.

 BCSM Welcomes New Visiting Scholar Sam Dubal

Sam DubalSam Dubal is a visiting scholar from Harvard Medical School. He earned his Ph.D. in medical anthropology from the UCSF-UC Berkeley program in 2015. During his year at BCSM, he will be working on two main projects. The first is a philosophical elaboration of an ‘anti-humanist medicine’, a radically alternative imaginary to a liberal humanity under which to practice social medicine and surgery. This work grows out of his second project, a book manuscript entitled Against Humanity, under contract with the University of California Press.  Based on his dissertation research with former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels in northern Uganda, this provocative ethnography explores all the forms of life that exist beyond humanity – the political lives of rebels during and after the war; what they were fighting for; how they understand their lives today; and how they were harmed by the humanitarian idea that their experiences were not human.

BCSM Faculty Affiliate Deborah Gordon Featured in ISSI Summer Newsletter

In the latest edition of the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues newsletter, Deborah Gordon talks about her research on genetic testing, mammograms, and wounded soldiers. She brings an interpretive approach and decades of cross-cultural research to her disparate projects, unified by the theme of the meanings of knowing.

 "Making Health Public," New Book Co-Authored by BCSM Co-Chair

Book Cover--Making Health PublicCharles Briggs, BCSM Co-Chair, and Daniel Hallin examine the relationship between media and medicine in their new book, Making Health Public: How News Coverage Is Remaking Media, Medicine, and Contemporary Life (Routledge 2016). Drawing on media content analysis and ethnographic data, the authors highlight the role of news coverage in shaping our understandings of health and disease. Some of the themes of the book will be explored further in a BCSM conference to be held in February of 2017, "Circulating Health: Mediatization and the (Im)Mobilization of Medical Subjects and Objects."