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Acknowledgments List of Figures and Charts Glossary of Terms INTRODUCTION: STRANGE HARVEST page 1 THE IDEOLOGICAL UNDERPINNINGS OF ORGAN TRANSFER The Miracle of Technocratic Medicine The Commodification of Human Body Parts Precious Things Bodies, Persons, and Things Scarcity Anxiety Natural and Denatured Bodies The Corporate Body The Paradoxical Premises of Organ Transfer Anthropology and Bioethics STUDYING TRANSPLANTATION IN AMERICAN CONTEXTS Writing About Transplantation in America A Comparative Approach to Organ Transfer: Field, Methods, Scope The Organization of the Work Notes I. WE ARE THE DEAD MEN page 63 MIND OVER MATTER A MOST PECULIAR DEATH A Brief History of Donation Body Trades Donor Histories A Special Kind of Death Variability and Trust The Clinical Art of Procurement Procurement Aesthetics Other Ways to Die Donation Denial RECONSTRUCTING DONOR HISTORIES Seeing and Believing: Professionalized Strategies for Depersonalizing Donors Metaphors of Death Other Forms of Semantic Policing The Patient Who Couldn't Die Personhood and the Brain Death Conundrum Anesthetizing the Dead BODY ECONOMIES Body Counts Scarcity, Recycling, and Renewal The Politics of Waste and Social Redemption Alternative Strategies for Recovering the Dead Conclusion Notes II. MEMORY WORK: Public and Private Representations of Suffering, Loss, and Redemption page 151 RECIPIENT SUFFERING AND RENEWAL Speaking of Recovery and Rebirth The Secret Realities of Post-Transplant Life Hidden Costs Silence as a Key to Survival HONORING THE DEAD IN SAFE, PUBLIC PLACES The Greening of the Donor Body The Sanctioned Iconography of Donor Deaths The Nation's Garden Sanitized Renderings of the Tragedy of Loss THE PRIVATE LIVES OF DONOR KIN Surviving The Donor Crisis The Lost Child Private Forms of Memory Work Radicalizing the Public Face of Organ Donation The Dispersal of the Body and the Consequences of Hybridity Where There's Smoke, There's a Fireman Extending the Flow of Memories Beyond the Grave Building a Future with the Dead Conclusion Notes III. PUBLIC ENCOUNTERS AS SUBVERSIVE ACTS page 232 BUREAUCRATIC CONSTRAINTS ON SOCIAL DESIRE The Danger of Public Grief and Donor Kin Propriety Defying Transplant Decorum: The Taboo of Communication and its Consequences First Contact Close Encounters Blood Ties and Brotherly Love A Fateful Homecoming Mother Love Bureaucratizing the Encounter THE TIES THAT BIND A Precious Jewel The Tell-Tale Teenage Heart CLAIMING THE DONOR BODY Biogenetics and Sentimentality Bureaucratic Secrecy and Adoption Searches Post-Mortem Memory Work: Constructing a Unified Donor History How the Body Remembers Maternal Longing Final Thoughts: Death and Fears of Secondary Loss Notes IV. HUMAN HYBRIDITY: Scientific Longing and the Dangers of Difference page 304 DANGEROUS MIRACLES PROFESSIONAL DESIRES TO CULTIVATE NATURE The Hybrid in the Laboratory The Promise of the Pig The Specter of Transgenesis Scientific Desire and Medical Hubris DENATURED BODIES AND TRANSFORMED SELVES Embodying Difference The Mechanized Body Hybrid Anxiety NATURE'S BODY Bodies Familiar and Strange The Debasement of Humanity A Strangely Disordered World Conclusion Notes EPILOGUE page 354 References Cited
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Transplantation of organs, tissues, etc. -- Social aspects -- United States.
Medical anthropology -- United States.
Ethnology -- United States.
Tissue and Organ Procurement.
United States -- ethnology.