Extremities: Thresholds of human embodiment

Matthew Wolf-Meyer, Karen Sue Taussig

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Emergent conditions of life at the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century create new opportunities and challenges for medical anthropology. The articles included in this special issue of Medical Anthropology suggest four areas that call out for more attention: the changing scientific and philosophical status of the human, including definitions of life and biology more broadly; the material consequences of anticipatory fictions; the expanding and intensifying forces invested in the production of bodies; and the emergent and historical conditions shaping expectations and experiences of bodies as they are managed and lived. In elaborating the significance of these issues, we provide an introduction to the articles included in this special issue and point to how the contributions to this collection offer models for approaching emergent forms of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-128
Number of pages16
JournalMedical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2010


  • Biopolitics
  • Humanness
  • Science and technology studies
  • Science fiction
  • Time and space


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