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Global Assemblages. Technology, Politics, and Ethics as Anthropological Problems

  • ID: 2248022
  • Book
  • August 2004
  • Region: Global
  • 512 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Global Assemblages presents a unique perspective on the current globalization debates. Rather than examining globalization as a marker for a new epoch or as a broad structural transformation, this volume examines specific technologies, ethical regimes, and administrative systems that articulate contemporary transformations. The chapters combine a sophisticated theoretical approach to these global phenomena with detailed study of the assemblages in which they become significant for individual and collective life.

The contributors to the volume are leading scholars from sociology, anthropology, and geography whose research spans Africa, the Middle East, East and South Asia, North America, South America, and Europe. Their work examines the conflicts and controversies at the heart of contemporary debates, in areas such as neoliberal reform, the pharmaceutical industry, financial practices, illegal trafficking, and information technology.

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Notes on Contributors.


Part I: Introduction.

1. Global Assemblages, Anthropological Problems. (Stephen J. Collier and Aihwa Ong).

2. On Regimes of Living. (Stephen J. Collier and Andrew Lakoff).

3. Midst Anthropology′s Problems. (Paul Rabinow).

Part II: Bioscience And Biological Life.

Ethics of Technoscientific Objects.

4. Stem Cells R Us: Emergent Life Forms and the Global Biological. (Sarah Franklin).

5. Operability, Bioavailability, and Exception. (Lawrence Cohen).

6. The Iceland Controversy: Reflections on the Transnational Market of Civic Virtue. (Gísli Pálsson and Paul Rabinow).

Value and Values.

7. Time, Money, and Biodiversity. (Geoffrey Bowker).

8. Antiretroviral Globalism, Biopolitics, and Therapeutic Citizenship. (Vinh–Kim Nguyen).

9. The Last Commodity: Post–Human Ethics and the Global Traffic in "Fresh" Organs. (Nancy Scheper–Hughes).

Part III: Social Technologies And Disciplines.


10. Standards and Person–Making in East Central Europe. (Elizabeth Dunn).

11. The Private Life of Numbers: Audit Firms and the Government of Expertise in Post–Welfare Argentina. (Andrew Lakoff).

12. Implementing Empirical Knowledge in Anthropology and Islamic Accountancy. (Bill Maurer).

Practices of Calculating Selves.

13. Cultures of Expertise and the Management of Globalization. Toward the Re–functioning of Ethnography. (Douglas Holmes and George Marcus).

14. The Discipline of Speculators. (Kate Zaloom).

15. Cultures on the Brink: Re–engineering the Soul of Capitalism – on a Global Scale. (Kris Olds and Nigel Thrift).

Managing Uncertainty.

16. Heterarchies of Value: Distributing Intelligence and Organizing Diversity in a New Media Startup. (Monique Girard and David Stark).

17. Failure as an Endpoint. (Hirokazu Miyazaki and Annelise Riles).

Part IV: Governmentality And Politics.

Governing Populations.

18. Ecologies of Expertise. Asian Governmentality in the Knowledge Society. (Aihwa Ong).

19. Globalization and Population Governance in China. (Susan Greenhalgh).

20. Budgets and Biopolitics. (Stephen J. Collier).

Security, Legitimacy, Justice.

21. State and Urban Space in Brazil: From Modernist Planning to Democratic Interventions. (Theresa Caldeira and Jim Holston).

22. The Garrison–Entrepôt: A Mode of Governing in the Chad Basin. (Janet Roitman).

Citizenship and Ethics.

23. Biological Citizenship. (Nikolas Rose and Carlos Novas).

24. Robust Knowledge and Fragile Futures. (Marilyn Strathern).


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Aihwa Ong
Stephen J. Collier
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