La gestación para otros en México. Parentesco, tecnología y poder

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Gedisa/UAM, 2018

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Cómo se logra que mujeres jóvenes y de determinadas características físicas y psicológicas provean de su capacidad gestante y procreadora a padres intencionales de todo el mundo?, ¿cómo interviene la biotecnología en la reproducción humana?, ¿es la gestación para otros un don o un trabajo? Esta obra responde a estas y otras preguntas a través de las voces y de las miradas de las portadoras gestacionales, de los padres y de las madres intencionales, de los médicos y de los juristas. Continue reading

No Alternative: Childbirth, Citizenship, and Indigenous Culture in Mexico


Rosalynn A. Vega
UTEXAS, 2018

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Recent anthropological scholarship on “new midwifery” centers on how professional midwives in various countries are helping women reconnect with “nature,” teaching them to trust in their bodies, respecting women’s “choices,” and fighting for women’s right to birth as naturally as possible. In No Alternative, Rosalynn A. Vega uses ethnographic accounts of natural birth practices in Mexico to complicate these narratives about new midwifery and illuminate larger questions of female empowerment, citizenship, and the commodification of indigenous culture, by showing how alternative birth actually reinscribes traditional racial and gender hierarchies. Continue reading

Ways of Hearing

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Damon Krukowski
Foreword by Emily Thompson
MIT, 2019

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A writer-musician examines how the switch from analog to digital audio is changing our perceptions of time, space, love, money, and power.

Our voices carry farther than ever before, thanks to digital media. But how are they being heard? In this book, Damon Krukowski examines how the switch from analog to digital audio is changing our perceptions of time, space, love, money, and power. In Ways of Hearing—modeled on Ways of Seeing, John Berger’s influential 1972 book on visual culture—Krukowski offers readers a set of tools for critical listening in the digital age. Just as Ways of Seeing began as a BBC television series, Ways of Hearing is based on a six-part podcast produced for the groundbreaking public radio podcast network Radiotopia. Inventive uses of text and design help bring the message beyond the range of earbuds. Continue reading

The Smart Enough City: Putting Technology in Its Place to Reclaim Our Urban Future

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Ben Green
Foreword by Jascha Franklin-Hodge
MIT Press, 2019

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Why technology is not an end in itself, and how cities can be “smart enough,” using technology to promote democracy and equity.

The open access edition of this book was made possible by generous funding from the MIT Libraries.

Smart cities, where technology is used to solve every problem, are hailed as futuristic urban utopias. We are promised that apps, algorithms, and artificial intelligence will relieve congestion, restore democracy, prevent crime, and improve public services. In The Smart Enough City, Ben Green warns against seeing the city only through the lens of technology; taking an exclusively technical view of urban life will lead to cities that appear smart but under the surface are rife with injustice and inequality. He proposes instead that cities strive to be “smart enough”: to embrace technology as a powerful tool when used in conjunction with other forms of social change—but not to value technology as an end in itself. Continue reading