Global Assemblages: Technology, Politics, and Ethics as Anthropological Problems

Global Assemblages: Technology, Politics, and Ethics as Anthropological Problems

Editor(s): Aihwa Ong, Stephen J. Collier

Published Online: 15 APR 2008

Print ISBN: 9780631231752

Online ISBN: 9780470696569

DOI: 10.1002/9780470696569

About this Book

Provides an exciting approach to some of the most contentious issues in discussions around globalization-bioscientific research, neoliberalism, governance-from the perspective of the "anthropological" problems they pose; in other words, in terms of their implications for how individual and collective life is subject to technological, political, and ethical reflection and intervention.


  • Offers a ground-breaking approach to central debates about globalization with chapters written by leading scholars from across the social sciences.
  • Examines a range of phenomena that articulate broad structural transformations: technoscience, circuits of exchange, systems of governance, and regimes of ethics or values.
  • Investigates these phenomena from the perspective of the "anthropological" problems they pose.
  • Covers a broad range of geographical areas: Africa, the Middle East, East and South Asia, North America, South America, and Europe.
  • Grapples with a number of empirical problems of popular and academic interest - from the organ trade, to accountancy, to pharmaceutical research, to neoliberal reform.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Introduction

  2. Part II: Bioscience and Biological Life - Ethics of Technoscientific Objects

  3. Part II: Bioscience and Biological Life - Value and Values

  4. Part III: Social Technologies and Disciplines - Standards

  5. Part III: Social Technologies and Disciplines - Practices of Calculating Selves

  6. Part III: Social Technologies and Disciplines - Managing Uncertainty

  7. Part IV: Governmentality and Politics - Governing Populations

  8. Part IV: Governmentality and Politics - Security, Legitimacy, Justice

  9. Part IV: Governmentality and Politics - Citizenship and Ethics

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