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I am an anthropologist interested in the ecological impact of public health, and vica versa. My current research investigates the co-constitution of things and values in the development and use of herbal medications in Japan and Vietnam. By highlighting the entanglement of different medical traditions in the process from growing plants to producing and metabolising new medications, my aim is to explore methodological possibilities and challenges of ethnographic comparisons.
In this article, we focus on some important connections between lateral approaches and the ontological turn in anthropology. Through a review of some recent ethnographic experiments influenced by one or both of these two currents we aim to delineate two distinct aspects of their connections: (1) transboundary motions between ethnographic and indige...
The implications of pharmacogenomic innovations for human difference and technological progress, along with the hopes and risks they bring forth, have been addressed as a major area of tension among scientific, personal, and political interests. This article explores the consequences of such clashing concerns in Japan by drawing on current ideas of...
This special issue aims to investigate some novel uses of the comparative method at the intersections of STS and anthropology through ethnographic accounts of technoscience in various Asian contexts. In today's globalizing world, knowledge is under constant negotiation and reordering around conflicting ideas of progress and development. Nowhere is...
This article investigates the gendering nature of depopulation and rural revitalization in Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. After outlining the cultural politics of these twin phenomena, I explore them further through a case study of the depopulated community of Shintoku. By establishing the Ladies Farm School in 1996, the town hoped tha...
Through an ethnographic engagement with the technosocial situations of diabetes care in Japan, this paper explores two ways in which the metabolism is acted upon: learning and patient advocacy. 1 The fi rst section introduces a diabetes clinic where patients are treated for the prevention of diabetic com-plications. Metabolism, here, comes in an or...