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Global Assemblages : Technology, Politics, and Ethics as Anthropological Problems - Aihwa Ong

Global Assemblages

Technology, Politics, and Ethics as Anthropological Problems

Paperback Published: 15th October 2004
ISBN: 9781405123587
Number Of Pages: 494

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Provides an exciting approach to some of the most contentious issues in discussions around globalization&#8212;bioscientific research, neoliberalism, governance&#8212;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 &#8220;anthropological&#8221; 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 &#8212; from the organ trade, to accountancy, to pharmaceutical research, to neoliberal reform. </li></ul>

"This compelling book demonstrates how a very sophisticatedanthropological perspective can transform'globalization' into a useful tool for investigatingemerging social forms and ways of ruling and living. Certainly thisnon-structural approach is needed--one that attends to thespecificity of combinations, interactions, sites, and effectsassociated with the spread of technology and risk."

Ulrich Beck, Ludwig-Maximilians-UniversitatMunchen

"Global Assemblages provides excellent and richinsight into a developing anthropology of the contemporary world.The intertwining of violence, capital flows, politicalfragmentation, and regimes of social and moral control areinvestigated here in what must be recognized as a majorcontribution to anthropological scholarship."

Jonathan Friedman, L' Ecole des Hautes Etudesen Sciences Sociales, Paris and Lund University, Sweden

"This volume will give assemblages of many types a goodname--the authors are astute, varied, and at the top of theirgame; the geographies do justice to the notion of global; and thebook has a core intellectual inquiry about reflexive practices thatholds together its wide-ranging essays. From transplanted kidneysto research audit protocols, the uneasy interrelationships ofglobal assemblages emerge in the fleshy details of a knottedworld."

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 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. (Gisli Palsson 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).


ISBN: 9781405123587
ISBN-10: 1405123583
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 494
Published: 15th October 2004
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.44 x 17.17  x 3.15
Weight (kg): 0.94
Edition Number: 1