João Guilherme Biehl is Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University, Biehl has written two books in English: Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment (University of California Press ) and Will to Live: AIDS. Biehl, Joao (). Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment. University of California Press. Vita is an experience that grows more meaningful. João Biehl’s Vita brilliantly and originally integrates these seemingly separate domains. Vita ensnares the reader in Brazil’s intricate web of entrenched social.

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Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment by João Biehl

Infobox person using alma mater Articles with hCards Year of birth missing living people Place of birth missing living people. He is currently the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology at Biiehl where he teaches medical anthropology and courses on science, technology and society, cultural globalization, and social theory. I also think he does a fantastic job of tracing what forces affected Catarina’s life and how multiple parties influenced and altered the course of life.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It would be interesting to know if Catarina herself took any part in the selection of these portions. Jan 07, Laura added it.

A lovely example of a case study. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Dec 14, Lupe Marin rated it it was amazing. Biehl refers to such [End Page ] places as “zones of social abandonment” 2that is, places that lack medical and governmental attention and are ultimately treated as “dump” sites for the ill, the impoverished, the mentally challenged, the jobless, and the homeless.


Sep 25, Amy rated it it was amazing. I could say more but I have to write papers on this sucker, so suffice it to say, highly recommended if you are interested in topics like creative ethnography, social death, biopolitics, regimes of care, etc. Alyssa Tischler rated it it was amazing Jan 04, Project MUSE promotes the creation and fita of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and bifhl worldwide.

Through joa encounters the reader learns about the attitudes and misconceptions Catarina’s family held about her health. I was at times uncomfortable with how things went but it demonstrates the messiness of fieldwork and ethics.

Biehl’s thought provoking study not only renders visible the appalling experiences of the marginalized individual s at the asylum, but also shows the impact of social, political and cultural aspects of Brazil that further deepen the desolation of the poor as well as perpetuate the infringement of basic human rights. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Apr 25, Jerry rated it it bifhl amazing Shelves: Theoretically strong and fascinating.

You should read this. One can quibble with what the book does less persuasively.

Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment

He specializes in medical anthropologyand his interests include social studies of science and religion, psychological anthropology, globalization and development, global health, ethnographic methods, critical theory, and Brazilian and Latin American societies. Dec 30, Brittney Sanderson rated it it was amazing. To ask other readers questions about Vitaplease sign up. Open Preview See a Problem?

Staley Prize School for Advanced Research After completing high school he began studying journalism and theology at two different academic institutions, along with Greek and German, church history, philosophy and systematic theology in Porto Alegre.


Seamlessly connecting macrostructural shifts in the global economy to individual lived experience, Biehl’s critical interpretive approach uses the story of one ibehl to address key questions in medical anthropology.

Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment is divided into six lengthy parts. That being said, this is a sensitive piece of work that looks with empathy and grace at the life of a remarkable woman who was aband One of the most beautiful and devastating ethnographies I’ve ever read. Jan 22, Danny Cardoza rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is life changing ethnography.

For those interested in Foucault, biopower,biopolitics, governmentality, zones of exception, bare life. Its emotional and claims to be theoretical. It makes you question how is it that we cast away our own family simply because they are “different.

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Views Read Edit View history. Not surprising that the book won just about every anthropology book award. In addition to the bjehl, conclusion, and postscript VITA: Biehl writes so beautifully that one can almost forget that he is actively personifying and attributing meaning to the actions of a very mentally ill person. This could have been strengthened however with the inclusion of the quotes, [End Page ] interviews jjoao Catarina’s writings in Portuguese.