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Blood Will Out: Essays on Liquid Transfers and Flows

Blood Will Out: Essays on Liquid Transfers and Flows

Janet Carsten (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-65626-6

Jul 2013, Wiley-Blackwell

200 pages

$27.99

Description

Unique in focus and international in scope, this book brings together 10 essays about the material, metaphorical, and symbolic importance of blood.

  • An interdisciplinary study that unites the work of noted historians and anthropologists
  • Incorporates insights from recent work in symbolism, kinship studies, medical anthropology, the anthropology of religion, the sociological study of finance, and textual analysis
  • Covers topics such as Medieval European conceptions of blood; blood and the brain; blood and the cultural study of finance; and blood types, identity, and association in twentieth-century America

 

Notes on contributors vii

Acknowledgements ix

Janet Carsten Introduction: blood will out 1

1 Kath Weston Lifeblood, liquidity, and cash transfusions: beyond metaphor in the cultural study of finance 24

2 Maya Mayblin The way blood flows: the sacrificial value of intravenous drip use in Northeast Brazil 42

3 Bettina Bildhauer Medieval European conceptions of blood: truth and human integrity 56

4 Fenella Cannell The blood of Abraham: Mormon redemptive physicality and American idioms of kinship 76

5 Nicholas Whitfield Who is my stranger? Origins of the gift in wartime London, 1939-45 94

6 Susan E. Lederer Bloodlines: blood types, identity, and association in twentieth-century America 117

7 Janet Carsten ‘Searching for the truth’: tracing the moral properties of blood in Malaysian clinical pathology labs 129

8 Jacob Copeman The art of bleeding: memory, martyrdom, and portraits in blood 147

9 Emily Martin Blood and the brain 170

Index 183