At the end of The Slumbering Masses, I argue for “multibiologism,” a critical approach to social organization and medical treatment based on an acceptance of the plasticity and social shaping of human bodies and physiological experiences. This laid the basis for the project that became Unraveling, which explores human experiences of non-normative forms of communication and the social forms that make particular lives livable for individuals who are diagnosed with neurological disorders. At its heart, Unraveling draws on approaches in critical bioethics, medical anthropology, and disability studies and argues for a non-normative, anti-foundationalist approach to bioethical practice.
You can read my excursions into bioethical scholarship here:
Neurological Disorders, Affective Bioethics, and the Nervous System: Reconsidering the Schiavo Case from a Materialist Perspective. Medical Humanities (forthcoming).
“Human Nature” and the Biology of Everyday Life. American Anthropologist 121.2.
Multibiologism: An Anthropological and Bioethical Framework for Moving Beyond Medicalization (in Bioethics, forthcoming)
My earlier work on clinical decision making processes can be found in:
Sleep, Signification, and the Abstract Body of Allopathic Medicine. Body & Society 14.3: 93-114.
Therapy, Remedy, Cure: Disorder and the Spatiotemporality of Medicine and Everyday Life. Medical Anthropology 32.6: 1-16.
Myths of Modern American Sleep: Naturalizing Primordial Sleep, Blaming Technological Distractions, and Pathologizing Children. Science as Culture 24.2: 205-226.
Some of my contributions to anti-racist scientific practice can be read here:
Can we Ever Know the Sleep of Our Ancestors? Sleep Health 2.1: 4-5.
Biomedicine, the Whiteness of Sleep and the Wages of Spatiotemporal Normativity. American Ethnologist 42.3: 446-458.