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Traveling with Sugar: Chronicles of a Global Epidemic

Traveling with Sugar: Chronicles of a Global Epidemic

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  • Amy Moran-Thomas
  • University of California Press
  • Paperback
  • 9780520297548
  • 8.8 X 6 X 1.2 inches
  • 1.1 pounds
  • Social Science > Anthropology - Cultural & Social
  • English
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Traveling with Sugar reframes the rising diabetes epidemic as part of a five-hundred-year-old global history of sweetness and power. Amid eerie injuries, changing bodies, amputated limbs, and untimely deaths, many people across the Caribbean and Central America simply call the affliction sugar--or, as some say in Belize, traveling with sugar. A decade in the making, this book unfolds as a series of cr�nicas--a word meaning both slow-moving story and slow-moving disease. It profiles the careful work of those still fighting it as they grapple with unequal material infrastructures and unsettling dilemmas. Facing a new incarnation of blood sugar, these individuals speak back to science and policy misrecognitions that have prematurely cast their lost limbs and deaths as normal. Their families' arts of maintenance and repair illuminate ongoing struggles to survive and remake larger systems of food, land, technology, and medicine.
Traveling with Sugar: Chronicles of a Global Epidemic

Author Bio

Amy Moran-Thomas is Associate Professor of Anthropology at MIT, interested in the human and material entanglements that shape health in practice. She received her PhD in Anthropology from Princeton University in 2012, and held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton and Brown before coming to MIT. 

Her writing often focuses on the social lives of medical objects. She also works on the cultural anthropology of intergenerational health, planetary change, and chronic conditions; as well as questions of equitable device design, technology and kinship, and the afterlives of "carbohydrates and hydrocarbons" across scales. ?Professor Moran-Thomas has conducted ethnographic and historical research in Belize, Guatemala, Ghana, Brazil and the U.S, supported by the Mellon-American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, the West African Research Association, and the American Philosophical Society. 

Her first book, Traveling with Sugar: Chronicles of a Global Epidemic (2019), examines the global rise of diabetes as part of the ongoing legacies of sweetness and power -- including how unequal access to insulin varieties, oxygen chambers, glucose meters, dialysis devices, farming machines, coral reef care, and prosthetic limb technologies can become part of how plantation histories live on in the present, impacting lives and landscapes across generations.

 

 

Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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