Vita Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment
Edition: 2nd 2012 (Revised)
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Description: Zones of social abandonment are emerging everywhere in Brazil's big cities--places like Vita, where the unwanted, the mentally ill, the sick, and the homeless are left to die. This haunting, unforgettable story centers on a young woman named Catarina, increasingly paralyzed and said to be mad, living out her time at Vita. Anthropologist João Biehl leads a detective-like journey to know Catarina; to unravel the cryptic, poetic words that are part of the "dictionary" she is compiling; and to trace the complex network of family, medicine, state, and economy in which her abandonment and pathology took form.As Biehl painstakingly relates Catarina's words to a vanished world and elucidates her condition, we learn of subjectivities unmade and remade under economic pressures, pharmaceuticals as moral technologies, a public common sense that lets the unsound and unproductive die, and anthropology's unique power to work through these juxtaposed fields.Vita'smethodological innovations, bold fieldwork, and rigorous social theory make it an essential reading for anyone who is grappling with how to understand the conditions of life, thought and ethics in the contemporary world.
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Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/12/2013
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Joatilde;o Biehlis Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University.Torben Eskerodis an artist and works as a freelance photographer in Copenhagen. His website is www.joaobiehl.net.
|Introduction: "Dead alive, dead outside, alive inside"|
|A Zone of Social Abandonment|
|Catarina and the Alphabet|
|Life of the Mind|
|Society of Bodies|
|The House and the Animal|
|"Love is the illusion of the abandoned"|
|An Illness of Time|
|God, Sex, and Agency|
|The Medical Archive|
|Her Life as a Typical Patient|
|Democratization and the Right to Health|
|Economic Change and Mental Suffering|
|End of a Life|
|Care and Exclusion|
|Migration and Model Policies|
|Women, Poverty, and Social Death|
|"I am like this because of life"|
|The Sense of Symptoms|
|Children, In-Laws, and the Ex-Husband|
|"To want my body as a medication, my body"|
|Biology and Ethics|
|Gene Expression and Social Abandonment|
|A Genetic Population|
|A Lost Chance|
|"Underneath was this, which I do not attempt to name"|
|Conclusion: "A way to the words"|
|Postscript: "I am part of the origins, not just of language, but of people"|
|Afterword: Return to Vita|