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Blood Work: book launch and discussion of Janet Carsten’s new ethnography of clinical laboratories in Malaysia

Title
Blood Work: book launch and discussion of Janet Carsten’s new ethnography of clinical laboratories in Malaysia
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Professor Janet Carsten # University of Edinburgh; Speaker: Dr Jacob Copeman # University of Edinburgh; Speaker: Professor Kath Weston # University of Edinburgh; Speaker: Dr Alice Street # University of Edinburgh; Speaker: Professor Richard Baxstrom # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
25th Oct 2019 15:00 - 25th Oct 2019 17:00
Location
Seminar Room 1, Chrystal Macmillan Building
URL
http://www.san.ed.ac.uk/events/research_seminars/2019_2020/blood_work_book_launch_and_discussion_of_janet_carstens_new_ethnography_of_clinical_laboratories_in_malaysia

What is blood? How can we account for its enormous range of meanings and its extraordinary symbolic power? In Blood Work Janet Carsten traces the multiple meanings of blood as it moves from donors to labs, hospitals, and patients in Penang, Malaysia. She tells the stories of blood donors, their varied motivations, and the paperwork, payment, and other bureaucratic processes involved in blood donation, tracking the interpersonal relations between lab staff and revealing how their work with blood reflects the social, cultural, and political dynamics of modern Malaysia. In this Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology hosted Friday seminar we will hear from Janet about her aims in writing the book, its key findings and arguments. This will be followed by responses to the book from anthropologists working in areas of Malaysian anthropology, medical anthropology, kinship and economic anthropology. 

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