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	Blood donation as a form of criticism in north India

Blood donation as a form of criticism in north India

Jacob COPEMAN (University of Edinburgh)

14 décembre 2017 | 15h - 17h

54 boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris, en salle 551.


Drawing on field research mainly from contexts of medical blood donation, this paper aims to show how gifts that are given often critique those that remain ungiven: the care not provided by the Indian state for Bhopal survivors, the family members unwilling to donate blood for their transfusion-requiring relative, etc. In this way, giving can be understood as a form of criticism. ‘The critiques that acts of giving stage are of absences and deficits: I present cases where large paper hearts donated by survivors of the 1984 Bhopal Gas Disaster to the Prime Minister of India signal his lack of one, where donated human blood critiques others’ unwillingness to do so, where acts of blood donation critique and protest communal violence, and where similar acts of giving over simultaneously highlight a deficit in familial affects and resuscitate damaged relational forms.


Jacob Copeman est Senior Lecturer en anthropologie sociale ( University of Edinburgh). Il a notamment publié Veins of Devotion: Blood Donation and Religious Experience in North India (2009), et dirigé ou co-dirigé Blood Donation, Bioeconomy, Culture (2009), The Guru in South Asia: New Interdisciplinary Perspectives (2012), South Asian Tissue Economies (2013), Social Theory After Strathern (2014) et On Names in South Asia: Iteration, (Im)propriety and Dissimulation (2015).


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