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Subject Index
African Studies . . . . . . . . . . . 4, 8
Anthropology . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Bioethics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3, 8
Biography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Civil Rights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Clinical Research . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Domestic Violence . . . . . . . . . 6, 7
Economics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Global Health . . . . . . . . . . . . 3, 4
Higher Education . . . . . . . . . . . .2
HIV & AIDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Human Rights . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Law & Politics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Medical Anthropology . . . . . . . 4, 8
Middle Eastern Studies . . . . .4, 5, 6
Peace Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Politics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Public Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Public Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Reproductive Rights . . . . . . . . . .4

Vanderbilt University Press is pleased to announce the launch of

the book series New Perspectives on Jacksonian America, edited by
Mark Cheathem and Beth Salerno.
This series examines the period from 1812 to 1861, spanning the decades
when Andrew Jackson was a significant figure both in life and in m
The chronological definition of this series recognizes the importance
of the War of 1812 in elevating Jackson to national recognition and his
continued importance, even after his death in 1845, to United States
politics and society in the years leading up to the Civil War. But while
Jackson gives one name to this period, alternative titles of early republic,
antebellum, and age of association make clear how political, economic,
sectional, and organizational movements intersected to shape this critical
New Perspectives on Jacksonian America looks to publish works that
address the centrality of the Jacksonian period and its role in shaping the
United States during these decades and beyond. The editors seek works
that explore events leading to, occurring in, or developing out of the
period. We are particularly interested in books that address the democratization of the United States, broadly defined, and the many groups that
jockeyed for power and influence in that process.
Authors interested in submitting proposals for consideration should
contact Mark Cheathem at or Beth Salerno

Sexuality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3, 4
Social Movements . . . . . . . . . . .5
Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
US History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 2

front cover illustration:

Portrait of Andrew Jackson in his role
as the Most Worshipful Grand Master
of the Grand Lodge of Free and
Accepted Masons of Tennessee
Artist: Washington Bogart Cooper
Image courtesy of the Grand Lodge
of Free and Accepted Masons of

back cover illustration:

African grey parrot (Andrew Jackson
owned an i nfamously profane African
grey parrot named Poll.)
Parrot artwork adapted from
photograph, 2008 Drew Avery,
made available under a Creative
Commons Attribution 2.0 license.

Series Editors
Mark R. Cheathem is Professor of History at Cumberland University. He is the
author or editor of five books, including Andrew Jackson and the Rise of the
Democrats and Andrew Jackson, Southerner, which won the 2013 Tennessee
History Book Award. Additionally, Cheathem is the chief editor of the Papers of
Martin Van Buren Project.
Beth A. Salerno is Professor of History at Saint Anselm College. She is the
author of Sister Societies: Womens Antislavery Organizations in Antebellum
America. She has served in leadership roles for the New Hampshire Humanities
Council (state NEH affiliate) and as a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Pyeongtaek
University in South Korea.

Editorial Advisory Board

John Belohlavek, University of South Florida
Andrew K. Frank, Florida State University
Lorri Glover, Saint Louis University
Ronald A. Johnson, Texas State University
Stephen A. Mihm, University of Georgia
Kirsten E. Wood, Florida International University


Exploring the era when taxation battles spilled beyond the halls
of Congress and gave rise to democracy before the Civil War

Tariff Wars and the Politics of Jacksonian America


S outherners alleged the tariff forced them

to buy goods at increased prices. Having
lost the argument against the tariff on its
merits, in the 1820s southerners began
to argue the Constitution did not allow
Congress to enact a protective tariff. In
this fight, we see increased tensions between northerners and southerners in the
decades before the Civil War began.
As Tariff Wars reveals, this struggle
spawned a controversy that placed the
nation on a path that would lead to the
early morning hours of Charleston Harbor
in April of 1861.

Inaugural volume in the NEW PERSPECTIVES ON

February 2017
296 pages, 7 x 10 inches
10 b&w photographs, bibliography, notes
hardcover $69.95s ISBN 978-0-8265-2136-1
paperback $34.95s ISBN 978-0-8265-2137-8
ebook $9.99 ISBN 978-0-8265-2138-5

Bolt wisely integrates the discussion of the

economic aspect of tariff rates with the
political dimension. We discover shifting
viewpoints, pledges, promises, half-truths,
and outright deceit deftly engaged in by the
likes of Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, Andrew
Jackson, and James K. Polk. This volume is
critical to understanding the intersection of
the American economy and politics in the
antebellum period.
Janie Williams

efore the Civil War, the American

people did not have to worry about a
federal tax collector coming to their
door. The reason why was the tariff, taxing
foreign goods and imports on arrival in the
United States. Tariff Wars and the Politics of
Jacksonian America attempts to show why
the tariff was an important part of the national narrative in the antebellum period.
The debates in Congress over the tariff
were acrimonious, with pitched arguments
between politicians, interest groups, newspapers, and a broader electorate.
The spreading of democracy caused
by the tariff evoked bitter sectional controversy among Americans. Northerners
claimed they needed a tariff to protect
their industries and also their wages.

John Belohlavek, author of Broken Glass: Caleb

Cushing and the Shattering of the Union

William K. Bolt is Assistant Professor

of History at Francis Marion University
and former assistant editor on the
James K. Polk Project.

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New York Times Best Seller 2015 RFK Book Awards Special Recognition 2015 Lillian Smith Book Award


Strong Inside
Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South

Keith Miles

New paperback August 2016 (Cloth published 2014)

480 pages, 6.125 x 9.25 inches
36 b&w photos, notes, references, index
paperback $19.95t ISBN 978-0-8265-2024-1
cloth $35.00t ISBN 978-0-8265-2023-4
ebook $9.99 ISBN 978-0-8265-2025-8

Formerly the associate director of media

relations at the Vanderbilt athletic department
and the first-ever media relations manager
for the Tampa Bay Rays, Andrew Maraniss is
now a partner at McNeely Pigott & Fox Public
Relations. Andrew, the son of Pulitzer Prize
winning journalist David Maraniss, attended
Vanderbilt on the Fred RussellGrantland Rice
sportswriting scholarship. As a sophomore,
he first interviewed Wallace in 1989 for a black
history class.


ased on more than eighty interviews,

this fast-paced, richly detailed biography
of Perry Wallace, the first African Ameri
can basketball player in the SEC, digs deep
beneath the surface to reveal a more complicated and profound story of sports pioneering than weve come to expect from the
genre. Perry Wallaces unusually insightful
and honest introspection reveals his inner
thoughts throughout his journey.
Wallace entered kindergarten the year
that Brown v. Board of Education upended
separate but equal. As a 12-year-old, he
sneaked downtown to watch the sit-ins at
Nashvilles lunch counters. A week after
Martin Luther King Jr.s I Have a Dream
speech, Wallace entered high school, and
later saw the passage of the Civil Rights and
Voting Rights acts.
The world seemed to be opening up at
just the right time, and when Vanderbilt recruited him, Wallace courageously accepted
the assignment to desegregate the SEC. His
experiences on campus and in the hostile

Thorough and engaging . . . a long-overdue

Washington Post

With insight into the motivation and maturing

of an African American man amid rabid
hostility in the age of desegregation, Maraniss
presents social and sports historians and
interested readers with an engaging tour that
exposes the challenges of change in the South
and in college sports with the arrival of black
athletes center stage in the white world.
Library Journal

New for Fall & Winter 2016

gymnasiums of the Deep South turned out

to be nothing like he ever imagined.
On campus, he encountered the leading
civil rights figures of the dayincluding
Stokely Carmichael, Martin Luther King Jr.,
Fannie Lou Hamer, and Robert Kennedy
and he led Vanderbilts small group of black
students to a meeting with the university
chancellor to push for better treatment.
On the basketball court, he experienced an
Ole Miss boycott and the rabid hate of the
Mississippi State fans in Starkville.
The final basket of Wallaces college
career was a cathartic and defiant dunk,
and the story Wallace told to the Vanderbilt
Human Relations Committee and later the
Tennessean was not the simple story of a
triumphant trailblazer that many people
wanted to hear. At the risk of being labeled
ungrateful, he spoke truth to power in
describing the daily slights and abuses he
had overcome and what Martin Luther King
had called the agonizing loneliness of a

Powerfully told . . .
New York Times

A thoroughly researched and compelling

account of Perry Wallace. . . . As much history
lesson as biography, Maranisss account paints
a detailed picture of the civil rights movement
on several levels: in gymnasiums, on campuses,
in Nashville, and across the nation. . . . The
combination of sports and sociopolitical
history will appeal to both basketball fans and
students of civil rights.

G LO B A L H E A LT H / S E X U A L I T Y / H I V & A I D S / B I O E T H I C S / C L I N I C A L R E S E A R C H

How proven treatments for HIV/AIDS were found, then withheld for decades
from people in poor countries

Lethal Decisions
The Unnecessary Deaths of Women and Children from HIV/AIDS
Foreword by M ich a e l G o t t l i e b, M D

his first-person account by one of the

pioneers of HIV/AIDS research
chronicles the interaction among the
pediatric HIV/AIDS community, regulatory
bodies, governments, and activists over more
than three decades. After the discovery of
AIDS in a handful of infants in 1981, the next
fifteen years showed remarkable scientific
progress in prevention and treatment, although blood banks, drug companies, and
bureaucrats were often slow to act. 1996 was
a watershed year when scientific and clinical
HIV experts called for treating all HIV-
infected individuals with potent triple combinations of antiretroviral drugs that had been
proven effective. Aggressive implementation
of prevention and treatment in the United
States led to marked declines in the number
of HIV-related deaths, fewer new infections
and hospital visits, and fewer than one hundred infants born infected each year.
Inexplicably, the World Health Orga
nization recommended withholding treat
ment for the majority of HIV-infected
individuals in poor countries, and clinical

Arthur Ammann, a veteran in the war against

AIDS, has meticulously chronicled the history
of pediatric HIV infection. In particular, he
has critically examined the causes for the
unnecessary delays in implementing best
practices to block mother-to-child transmission
of HIV in the developing world. This
retrospective reevaluation provides valuable
lessons as we prospectively confront public
health challenges, now and in the future.
David D. Ho, MD, Director, Aaron Diamond AIDS
Research Center, was Time magazine Man of the Year, 1996.

researchers embarked on studies to evaluate

inferior treatment approaches even while
the pandemic continued to claim the lives of
millions of women and children. Why did it
take an additional twenty years for international health organizations to recommend the
treatment and prevention measures that had
had such a profound impact on the pandemic
in wealthy countries? The surprising answers
are likely to be debated by medical historians
and ethicists.
At last, in 2015, came a universal call for
treating all HIV-infected individuals with
triple-combination antiretroviral drugs. But
this can only be accomplished if the mistakes
of the past are rectified. The book ends with
recommendations on how the pediatric HIV/
AIDS epidemic can finally be brought to an

In Lethal Decisions, Arthur Ammann traces the

history of the pediatric HIV/AIDS epidemic from
the early discoveries and extraordinary successes
through the dark period of inexcusable delays
in prevention and treatment. . . . The book is
a must-read for those who seek to learn from
the HIV/AIDS pandemic how to navigate the
intricacies and consequences of working with
large bureaucratic organizations, established
to protect women and children but too often
failing to honor womens dignity and to ensure
their equal access to health care.
Anne Firth Murray teaches international womens
health and human rights at Stanford University. She is the
Founding President of the Global Fund for Women and
the author of From Outrage to Courage: The Unjust and
Unhealthy Situation of Women in Poorer Countries and
What They Are Doing about It.

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January 2017
388 pages, 7 x 10 inches
notes, references, timeline, appendixes, index
hardcover $69.95s ISBN 978-0-8265-2124-8
paperback $34.95t ISBN 978-0-8265-2125-5
ebook $9.99 ISBN 978-0-8265-2126-2

Arthur J. Ammann, MD, Clinical Professor of

Pediatrics at the University of California, San
Francisco, is the founder of Global Strategies,
an organization dedicated to empowering
communities in the most neglected areas of
the world to improve the lives of women and
children through health care. His pivotal research
studies on vaccines resulted in the first FDA
approval of a pneumococcal vaccine for infants,
children, and the elderly. In 1982 Dr. Ammann
described two of the three ways that HIV is
transmitted: from mother to infant and from the
transfusion of blood. He is the recipient of more
than fifty national and international awards.

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Vivid ethnographies from the Middle East and North Africa that reveal
the complexities and ironies of how societies react to new sexual and
reproductive technologies

Abortion Pills, Test Tube Babies, and Sex Toys

Emerging Sexual and Reproductive Technologies in the
Middle East and North Africa
Edited by L . L . W Y N N and A N G E L M . F O S T E R

December 2016
264 pages, 6 x 9 inches
8 figures, 2 tables, references, glossary, index
hardcover $69.95s ISBN 978-0-8265-2127-9
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rom Viagra to in vitro fertilization,

new technologies are rapidly changing
the global face of reproductive health.
They are far from neutral: religious, cultural, social, and legal contexts condition
their global transfer. The way a society
interprets and adopts (or rejects) a new
technology reveals a great deal about the
relationship between bodies and the body
politic. Reproductive health technologies
are often particularly controversial because

of their potential to reconfigure kinship

relationships, sexual mores, gender roles,
and the way life is conceptualized. This
collection of original ethnographic research spans the region from Morocco and
Tunisia to Israel and Iran and covers a wide
range of technologies, including emergency contraception, medication abortion,
gamete donation, hymenoplasty, erectile
dysfunction drugs, and gender transfor


Sexuality, Reproductive Health, and Medical

Technologies in the Middle East and North Africa
Angel M. Foster & L. L. Wynn

L. L. Wynn, Associate Professor of

Anthropology at Macquarie University
in Sydney, Australia, is the author
of Pyramids and Nightclubs: A Travel
Ethnography of Arab and Western
Imaginations of Egypt, from King Tut and a
Colony of Atlantis to Rumors of Sex Orgies,
Urban Legends about a Marauding Prince,
and Blonde Belly Dancers.

Is There an Islamic IUD? Exploring the Acceptability of a

Hormone-Releasing Intrauterine Device in Egypt
Ahmed Ragaa Abdel-Hameed Ragab
Introducing Emergency Contraception in Morocco: A
Slow Start after a Long Journey
Elena Chopyak
Mifepristone in Tunisia: A Model for Expanding Access
to Medication Abortion
Angel M. Foster

Angel M. Foster holds an endowed

chair of womens health research at the
University of Ottawa. She is a cofounder
of Cambridge Reproductive Health

Navigating Barriers to Abortion Access: Misoprostol in

the West Bank
Francoise Daoud & Angel M. Foster
Worse comes to worstI have a safety net: Fertility
Preservation among Young Single Jewish Breast Cancer
Patients in Israel
Daphna Birenbaum-Carmeli, Efrat Dagan, and Suzi
Modiano Gattegno
The ART of Making Babies Using In Vitro Fertilization:
Assisted Reproduction Technologies in the United Arab
Shirin Karsan
Wanted Babies, Excess Fetuses: The Middle Easts In
Vitro Fertilization, High-Order Multiple Pregnancy,
Fetal Reduction Nexus
Marcia C. Inhorn


New for Fall & Winter 2016

Birthing Bodies, Pregnant Selves: Gestational

Surrogates, Intended Mothers, and Distributed
Maternity in Israel
Elly Teman
C-Sections as a Nefarious Plot: The Politics of
Pronatalism in Turkey
Katrina MacFarlane
HPV Vaccine Uptake in Lebanon: A Vicious Cycle of
Misinformation, Stigma, and Prohibitive Costs
Faysal El-Kak
Hymenoplasty in Contemporary Iran: Liminality and
the Embodiment of Contested Discourses
Azal Ahmadi
Viagra Soup: Consumer Fantasies and Masculinity in
Portrayals of Erectile Dysfunction Drugs in Cairo, Egypt
L. L. Wynn
Sex Toys and the Politics of Pleasure in Morocco
Jessica Marie Newman
Narratives of Gender Transformation Practices for
Transgender Women in Diyarbakir, Turkey
M. A. Sanders
Conclusion | Individual, Community, Religion, State:
Technology at the Intersection
Donna Lee Bowen


A pioneering study of conflicting memories in Israel-Palestine

and a model for studying violent conflict around the globe

Memory Activism
Reimagining the Past for the Future in Israel-Palestine

Recent instances of memory activism in

Israel-Palestine allow Yifat Gutman to
reconceptualize both memory politics and
peace activism, and thus to offer memory
studies important new paradigms. Her
ethnography of activist groups highlights
hopeful alternatives to official memorials and
commemorations of troubled histories. As
this groundbreaking study shows, memory
activists can take responsibility for the past
even as they imagine and work for a more just
future. Memory Activism represents engaged
scholarship at its best.
Marianne Hirsch, author of The Generation of
Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture after the

shift in awareness of Palestinian suffering

among the Jewish majority of Israeli
society in a decade of escalating violence
and polarizationalbeit not without a
Contested memories saturate this
society. The 1948 war is remembered as
both Independence Day by Israelis and alNakba (the catastrophe) by Palestinians.
The walking tours and survivor testimonies
originally deployed by the state for national
Zionist education that marginalized Palestinian citizens are now being appropriated
by activists for tours of pre-state Palestinian villages and testimonies by refugees.

December 2016
200 pages, 6 x 9 inches
references, index
hardcover $59.95s ISBN 978-0-8265-2133-0
paperback $24.95s ISBN 978-0-8265-2134-7
ebook $9.99 ISBN 978-0-8265-2135-4

This is a fascinating story about the politics

(and the anti-politics) of historical memory,
set in the country where it matters most,
Israel. Or is it Palestine? There are moral and
analytical lessons here for all of us, no matter
where we live.
James M. Jasper, author of The Art of Moral Protest:
Culture, Biography, and Creativity in Social Movements

Yifat Gutmans study of a contemporary Israeli

counter-memory and the cultural practices
of its activists is as clear as it is courageous.
It is an important intellectual achievement
because it shows that even a hot topic like
contested memory can be subjected to a lucid,
differentiated, and insightful analysis.
Aleida Assmann, author of Shadows of Trauma:
Memory and the Politics of Postwar Identity

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Sasson Tiram

et in Israel in the first decade of the

twenty-first century and based on long term fieldwork, this rich ethnographic
study offers an innovative analysis of the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It explores
practices of memory activism by three
groups of Jewish-Israeli and Arab-
Palestinian citizensZochrot, Autobiography of a City, and Baladnashowing
how they appropriated the global model
of truth and reconciliation while utilizing
local cultural practices such as tours and
These activist efforts gave visibility to
a silenced Palestinian history in order to
come to terms with the conflicts origins
and envision a new resolution for the
future. This unique focus on memory as
a weapon of the weak reveals a surprising

Yifat Gutman is a sociologist and

culture researcher at Tel Aviv University
and an Associate Research Fellow in
the Truman Institute of the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem. She is coeditor
of Memory and the Future: Transnational
Politics, Ethics, and Society.

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The other conflict within Israel: intersections of domestic violence

and the state

Battering States
The Politics of Domestic Violence in Israel

January 2017
264 pages, 6 x 9 inches
references, notes
hardcover $69.95s ISBN 978-0-8265-2130-9
paperback $34.95s ISBN 978-0-8265-2131-6
ebook $9.99 ISBN 978-0-8265-2132-3

Madelaine Adelman is Associate

Professor of Justice and Social Inquiry in
the School of Social Transformation at
Arizona State University. Past-president
of the Association for Political & Legal
Anthropology (APLA), she is coeditor
(with Miriam Elman) of Jerusalem: Conflict
and Cooperation in a Contested State.

attering States explores the most

personal part of peoples lives as they
intersect with a uniquely complex state
system. The book examines how statecraft
shapes domestic violence; how a state
defines itself and determines what counts
as a family; how a state establishes sovereignty and defends its borders; and how a
state organizes its legal system and forges
its economy. This ethnography includes
stories from people, places, and perspectives not commonly incorporated into
domestic violence studies, and, in doing
so, reveals the transformation of intimate
partner violence from a predictable form
of marital trouble to a publicly recognized
social problem.
The politics of domestic violence create
novel entry points to understanding how,
although women may be vulnerable to
gender-based violence, they do not necessarily share the same kind of belonging

Because US coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli

conflict rarely includes any mention of intimate
violence, and even more rarely of Palestinian
or Druze womens experiences and suffering
as mothers and wives, Adelmans careful
and multilayered examination of womens
experiences of state and family will contribute
to a greater understanding of multiple forms of
violence in the areaviolence that is not limited
to the political violence prevalent in media
M. Cristina Alcalde, author of The Woman in the
Violence: Gender, Poverty, and Resistance in Peru


New for Fall & Winter 2016

to the state. This means that markers of

identity and power, such as gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion and religiosity, and
socio-economic and geographic location,
matter when it comes to safety and pathways to justice.
The study centers on Israel, where
a number of factors bring connections
between the cultural politics of the state
and domestic violence into stark relief: the
presence of a contentious multinational
and multiethnic population; competing
and overlapping sets of religious and civil
laws; a growing gap between the wealthy
and the poor; and the dominant presence
of a security state in peoples everyday lives.
The exact combination of these factors
is unique to Israel, but they are typical of
states with a diverse population in a time
of globalization. In this way, the example of
Israel offers insights wherever the political
and personal impinge on one another.

Battering States is methodologically impressive,

building on long-term ethnographic research
in a variety of settings; interviews with
victims, service care workers, advocates, and
representatives of the state; as well as an
impressive array of historical, legal, and other
international and local texts.
Mindie Lazarus-Black, author of Everyday
Harm: Domestic Violence, Court Rites, and Cultures of


The mismatch between public resources and the long-term needs of

survivors of interpersonal violence

The Price of Safety

Hidden Costs and Unintended Consequences for Women in the
Domestic Violence Service System

pecialized public resources for survi vors of intimate partner violence (IPV)
are increasingly common and diverse
from protection order courts and dedicated
domestic violence units in police precincts
to a vast network of community-based
emergency shelters and counseling services. Yet little consensus exists regarding
which resources actually work to reduce
violence and help survivors lead the lives
they would like to live. This book is an account of these resources and IPV survivors
experiences with them in three communities in the United States.
Through detailed observations of
services such as court procedures, public
benefits processes, and community-based

IPV programs as well as in-depth interviews with dozens of IPV survivors and
practitioners, Shoener describes how our
current institutional response to IPV is
often not usefuland sometimes quite
harmfulfor IPV survivors with the least
material, social, and cultural capital to
spare. For these women, as the interviews
vividly record, IPV has long-term economic and social consequences, disrupting
career paths and creating social isolation.

September 2016
192 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches
3 figures, 4 tables, notes, index
hardcover $39.95s ISBN 978-0-8265-2121-7
paperback $22.95s ISBN 978-0-8265-2122-4
ebook $9.99 ISBN 978-0-8265-2123-1

This is a very strong and useful book that

provides a clear and incisive analysis of
what survivors of abuse need compared
to what the system typically provides, and
what public policy prescribes. The sections
on social and economic sabotage by
abusers, and how these render specialized
services for survivors irrelevant, are
David Adams, cofounder and codirector of
Emerge and author of Why Do They Kill? Men Who
Murder Their Intimate Partners

Sara Shoener is an advocate and researcher

of strategies to reduce gender-based
violence. She received her Doctorate of
Public Health from Columbia University.

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How a clinical trial can impact lives far beyond those of the participants

Negotiating Pharmaceutical Uncertainty

Womens Agency in a South African HIV Prevention Trial

February 2017
256 pages, 6 x 9 inches
3 b&w figures, references, notes
hardcover $69.95s ISBN 978-0-8265-2139-2
paperback $34.95s ISBN 978-0-8265-2140-8
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elling the story of a clinical trial testing

an innovative gel designed to prevent
women from contracting HIV,
Negotiating Pharmaceutical Uncertainty
provides new insight into the complex
and contradictory relationship between
medical researchers and their subjects.
Although clinical trials attempt to control
and monitor participants bodies, Saethre
and Stadler argue that the inherent uncertainty of medical testing can create
unanticipated opportunities for women
to exercise control over their health, sexu
ality, and social relationships. Combining
a critical analysis of the social production
of biomedical knowledge and technologies

Sean Casey

Most scholarship focuses more on

power relations within clinical trials,
but these authors have gone beyond
that to show how womenat least
in this particular trial, with this
particular pharmaceuticalcreate
their own definition of success and
generate their own meanings and
Susan Craddock, coeditor of Influenza and
Public Health: Learning from Past Pandemics
Eirik Saethre is Associate
Professor of Anthropology at the
University of Hawaii at Mnoa
and author of Illness Is a Weapon:
Indigenous Identity and Enduring
Afflictions (also published by
Vanderbilt University Press).


with a d
etailed ethnography of the lives
of female South African trial participants,
this book brings to light issues of economic
insecurity, racial disparities, and spiritual
insecurities in Johannesburgs townships.
Built on a series of tales ranging from
strategy sessions at the National Institutes
of Health to witchcraft accusations against
the trial, Negotiating Pharmaceutical
Uncertainty illuminates the everyday social
lives of clinical trials.
As embedded anthropologists, Saethre
and Stadler provide a unique and nuanced
perspective of the reality of a clinical trial
that is often hidden from view.

New for Fall & Winter 2016

Jonathan Stadler is a
senior researcher at the Wits
Reproductive Health and HIV
Institute in Johannesburg, South


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