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Cristina Grasseni

In this article, skilled vision is presented as a capacity acquired in a community of practice that enables specific ways of knowing and acting in the world. The analysis of skilled vision is obtained through the ethnographic study of the artefacts and the routines that structure certain ecologies of practice. The example chosen is that of the skilled gaze of animal breeders, in particular of the children of dairy cow breeders who, by playing with relevant toys and emulating the adult world of cattle fairs and exhibitions, learn how to value certain criteria of animal beauty and to "discipline" their vision accordingly.

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Andrew J. Ball

, biotechnology, computer science, digital culture, and digital humanities. The journal will continue to prioritize matters of the body and screen media, both in terms of representation and engagement, but will emphasize research that critically reexamines those

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Toward a Queer Sinofuturism

Ari Heinrich, Howard Chiang, and Ta-wei Chi

biotechnology, “Queer Sinofuturisms” aims to counter pervasive techno-Orientalist discourses, such as those discourses in the Blade Runner movies (Ridley Scott, 1982; and Denis Villeneuve, 2017) that frame “Asian” futures as strictly dystopian

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Kinship in the Middle East

Soheila Shahshahani and Soraya Tremayne

The study of kinship remains central to anthropology and to understanding the social world in which we live. Although key debates on kinship have stayed embedded in anthropological studies, the impact of global changes affecting marriage, divorce, family structure, and the inevitable consequences of the interaction between biotechnologies and social and cultural practices have all served to bring back kinship into anthropological discourse in a forceful way. As a result, there is a tendency to move away from the distinction between the biological and social aspects of kinship and to focus on emerging forms of relatedness and their broader implications. In such an approach, relatedness is viewed as a process that is fluid and mutable, and that is constructed through active human agency. It expands to include changing gender relations, new family forms and the outcome of assisted reproductive technologies.

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Shobita Parthasarathy

its SAR-CoV-2 testing strategy ( Thompson 2020 ). Three weeks after the Chinese government shared the virus's genome sequence on January 12, the South Korean government approved multiple diagnostic tests developed by its biotechnology sector ( The

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Emerging Kinship in a Changing Middle East

Soraya Tremayne

scientific and global biotechnologies could have been a potential threat to the foundation of kinship and family, it was kinship that took the lead in defining how these technologies could be adapted to fit into its specific cultural mould. For example, with

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Fearful Intimacies

COVID-19 and the Reshaping of Human–Microbial Relations

Carmen McLeod, Eleanor Hadley Kershaw, and Brigitte Nerlich

: Research England and The Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment, Newcastle University, supporting Carmen McLeod; and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council along with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council [grant

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From Ebony to Ivory

‘Cosmetic’ Investments in the Body

Chiara Pussetti

Pursuit of Excellence: Biotechnologies, Enhancement and Body Capital in Portugal’, which has received funding FCT under the grant agreement n§ PTDC/SOC-ANT/30572/2017 under my coordination as PI. References Ahmed , S. ( 1998 ), ‘ Animated Borders

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Whose Reality Counts?

Emergent Dalitbahujan Anthropologists

Reddi Sekhara Yalamala

willingness to be accommodated within the military and within corporate and biotechnology pursuits related to empire in India is a problem that will not be easy to resolve. Nearly two decades ago, Nancy Scheper-Hughes called for an ‘anthropology of the

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After dispossession

Ethnographic approaches to neoliberalization

Oscar Salemink and Mattias Borg Rasmussen

history of dispossession and alienation ( Van Meijl 2012 ); genes and the ways that new biotechnologies expand the ways in which bodies are valued ( Everett 2003 ); DNA and “whiteness” as property embedded in racial hierarchies ( Reardon and TallBear 2012