Traveling with Sugar reframes the rising diabetes epidemic as part of a five-hundred-year-old global history of sweetness and power. Amid eerie injuries, changing bodies, amputated limbs, and untimely deaths, many people across the Caribbean and Central America simply call the affliction sugar -or, as some say in Belize, traveling with sugar. A decade in the making, this book unfolds as a series of cronicas-a word meaning both slow-moving story and slow-moving disease. It profiles the careful work of those still fighting it as they grapple with unequal material infrastructures and unsettling dilemmas. Facing a new incarnation of blood sugar, these individuals speak back to science and policy misrecognitions that have prematurely cast their lost limbs and deaths as normal. Their families' arts of maintenance and repair illuminate ongoing struggles to survive and remake larger systems of food, land, technology, and medicine.
University of California Press
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03 December 2019
PART ONE. CONTEXTS Approach Emergency in Slow Motion Shorelines-A Global Epidemic as Seen from Belize-Traveling with Sugar-Errata: Methods and Mistakes-Slow Care Past Is Prologue Sugar Machine Sweetness-Sugar Roads-Chronic Landscapes-Diabetes Multiple- Still. There What Is Communicable? Caregivers in an Illegible Epidemic Foot Soldiers-Non-Traumatic Measures-Displaced Surveillance- Mixed Metaphors-Para-Communicable Conditions-Geographies of Blame-Three Atmospheres PART TWO. CRONICAS Cronica One: Thresholds Traveling an Altered Landscape with Cresencia The Normal and the Extraordinary-Ancestral Discontent-Coral Gardens and Their Metabolism-Sugar Girls-Land Tenure (Is This Legal?)-On the Other Side-Dr. Saldo-Great White Hazards- Healthy Living Made Fun and Easy!-Straddling Cronica Two: Insula Technology, Policy, and Other Units of Jordan's Isolations Type What?-Islands and Empire-Global Policy Gaps-Other Orphans-Unsteady Units-Many Machines-The Life of Muerte- Design Archipelagos-Counting Cronica Three: Generations Approaching Biologies of History with Arreini and Guillerma Scientific Racism: Lineages-Housekeeping-Trans-Plantation- Epidemiological Transition-Hunger and Diabetes-What Is the Epi in Epigenetics?-Prevention-Blood's Sugar-Quicksilver- Sequencing Cronica Four: Repair Work Maintenance Projects with Laura, Jose, and Growing Collectives Halfway Technologies-Phantom Limbs-Sugar Shoes-Dialysis: Pressure- We Don't Want to Die -Food Infrastructures-Between Hurricanes-Prosthetic Hope International-Holding Measures- The Gradual Instant Epilogue Dedication Acknowledgments About Translations Image Credits Notes Bibliography Index
Amy Moran-Thomas is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Reviews for Traveling with Sugar: Chronicles of a Global Epidemic
Thoughtfully organized and powerfully written, this poetic piece humanizes both those who need care and those trying to provide that care. Traveling with Sugar can and should be taught in both undergraduate and graduate courses in medical anthropology, sociology, global health, and health disparity courses. * New Florida Journal of Anthropology * This well-researched ethnography is an excellent addition to existing scholarship in that it offers fresh perspectives on the global history of sweetness and power and the ways in which this relationship continues to shape human health. * CHOICE * A welcome contribution to medical anthropology and will also appeal to readers more generally interested in medical inequalities and global health policy. * Anthropology Book Forum *