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Posted: October 6th, 2008
Trafficking the Traffickers: Undercover Ethnography in the Organs Trafficking Underworld

Nancy Scheper-Hughes studies the covert activities surrounding organ transplants by renegade surgeons, international organized crime networks, local kidney hunters and so called transplant tourists engaged in ‘back-door’ and illicit transplants. Her Organs Watch project blends genres and transgresses long-standing distinctions between anthropology, documentation, journalism, scientific reporting, political engagements, and human rights. Nancy Scheper-Hughes is The Chancellor’s Professor of Medical Anthropology at the University of California Berkeley. Her next book, A World Cut in Two: the Global Traffic in Organs(University of California Press) is forthcoming. This event was co-Sponsored by the NYAS Anthropology Section and the Wenner Gren Foundation.


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