Provides an exciting approach to some of the most contentious issues in discussions around globalization—bioscientific research, neoliberalism, governance—from the perspective of the "anthropological" problems they pose; in other words, in terms of their implications for how individual and collective life is subject to technological, political, and ethical reflection and intervention. <br><ul><br><li>Offers a ground-breaking approach to central debates about globalization with chapters written by leading scholars from across the social sciences. <br><li>Examines a range of phenomena that articulate broad structural transformations: technoscience, circuits of exchange, systems of governance, and regimes of ethics or values. <br><li>Investigates these phenomena from the perspective of the “anthropological” problems they pose. <br><li>Covers a broad range of geographical areas: Africa, the Middle East, East and South Asia, North America, South America, and Europe. <br><li>Grapples with a number of empirical problems of popular and academic interest — from the organ trade, to accountancy, to pharmaceutical research, to neoliberal reform. </li></ul>
?This compelling book demonstrates how a very sophisticated
anthropological perspective can transform
?globalization? into a useful tool for investigating
emerging social forms and ways of ruling and living. Certainly this
non-structural approach is needed?one that attends to the
specificity of combinations, interactions, sites, and effects
associated with the spread of technology and risk.?
Ulrich Beck, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat
?Global Assemblages provides excellent and rich
insight into a developing anthropology of the contemporary world.
The intertwining of violence, capital flows, political
fragmentation, and regimes of social and moral control are
investigated here in what must be recognized as a major
contribution to anthropological scholarship.?
Jonathan Friedman, L? Ecole des Hautes Etudes
en Sciences Sociales, Paris and Lund University,
?This volume will give assemblages of many types a good
name?the authors are astute, varied, and at the top of their
game; the geographies do justice to the notion of global; and the
book has a core intellectual inquiry about reflexive practices that
holds together its wide-ranging essays. From transplanted kidneys
to research audit protocols, the uneasy interrelationships of
global assemblages emerge in the fleshy details of a knotted
Donna Haraway, University of California, Santa Cruz
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
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
6. The Iceland Controversy: Reflections on the Transnational
Market of Civic Virtue. (Gisli Palsson and Paul
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.
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
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).
16. Heterarchies of Value: Distributing Intelligence and
Organizing Diversity in a New Media Startup. (Monique Girard and
17. Failure as an Endpoint. (Hirokazu Miyazaki and Annelise
Part IV: Governmentality And Politics.
18. Ecologies of Expertise. Asian Governmentality in the
Knowledge Society. (Aihwa Ong).
19. Globalization and Population Governance in China. (Susan
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