Unbuilding Cities: Obduracy in Urban Sociotechnical Change

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Anique Hommels
MIT Press, 2005

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City planning initiatives and redesign of urban structures often become mired in debate and delay. Despite the fact that cities are considered to be dynamic and flexible spaces—never finished but always under construction—it is very difficult to change existing urban structures; they become fixed, obdurate, securely anchored in their own histories as well as in the histories of their surroundings. In Unbuilding Cities, Anique Hommels looks at the tension between the malleability of urban space and its obduracy, focusing on sites and structures that have been subjected to “unbuilding”—redesign or reconfiguration. She brings the concepts of science and technology studies (STS) to bear on the study of cities. Continue reading

Convergencia de conocimiento para beneficio de la sociedad

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Edited by Alberto Morales, Rebeca de Gortari and Federico Stezano
CONACYT – Red Convergencia, 2015

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El libro presenta un conjunto de contribuciones que buscan cuestionar y ampliar el conocimiento sobre los procesos de convergencia de conocimiento en beneficio de la sociedad. La conceptualización y análisis de esta temática involucra aspectos de políticas públicas, de alcances cognitivos y disciplinarios, de nuevos desarrollos científicos y tecnológicos, así como de implicaciones sociales de estos procesos y nuevos desafíos productivos.

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Domesticating Organ: Transplant Familial Sacrifice and National Aspiration in Mexico

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Megan Crowley-Matoka
Duke University Press, 2016

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Organ transplant in Mexico is overwhelmingly a family matter, utterly dependent on kidneys from living relatives—not from stranger donors typical elsewhere. Yet Mexican transplant is also a public affair that is proudly performed primarily in state-run hospitals. In Domesticating Organ Transplant, Megan Crowley-Matoka examines the intimate dynamics and complex politics of kidney transplant, drawing on extensive fieldwork with patients, families, medical professionals, and government and religious leaders in Guadalajara. Continue reading

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

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María Eugenia Olavarría
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

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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