‘Maturing Masculinities: Ageing, Chronic Illness, and Viagra in Mexico’ reviewed by Dr Megan Wainwright

‘Maturing Masculinities: Ageing, Chronic Illness, and Viagra in Mexico’ by Emily A. Wentzell (Duke University Press, 2013).  Maturing Masculinities highlights how erectile dysfunction co-exists with, and is understood to be the result of, a number of chronic conditions of biomedical and social origin including diabetes, hypertension, prostate surgery, sour relationships with wives and financial stress. Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Maturing Masculinities: Aging, Chronic Illness, and Viagra in Mexico’ by Emily A. Wentzell

    Emily A. Wentzell‘s pioneering new book ‘Maturing Masculinities: Aging, Chronic Illness, and Viagra in Mexico’ (Duke University Press, 2013) is available for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from all angles of the medical humanities, but may be particularly appealing to anthropologists, clinicians or researchers with an interest in male health.  ‘Maturing Masculinities is a Read the full article…

From Mexico, with Love

Witnessing human compassion, connection and resilience, fostered in a harsh landscape of brutal inequality, and noting the contribution and impact of research. Mexico City is a world of parallel realities – perceived in the extreme by travelling on one of the main autopistas from grand, tree-lined avenues in the cultural centre, out to the fringes Read the full article…

CMH Arts in Health PhD Success

It is a huge pleasure to report to blog readers the success of one of our CMH PhD students, Anni Raw.  Anni has been with us since January 2010 funded on a prestigious Durham Interdisciplinary PhD Studentship.  At her viva on Friday 6th September, her examiners, Professor Nigel Rapport (Anthropology, St Andrews) and Professor Sarah Read the full article…

Mexican Travel Blog 5.2: Experiencing the festival of ‘The Day of the Dead’…. part 2

Continuing this fifth instalment of my Mexico City travel blog, I outline and compare  the range of experiences of being in and around the city for the ‘Day of the Dead’ festival 2011. Episode 5.2: Experiencing the festival of ‘The Day of the Dead’  part 2 6)      The State Day of the Dead Of course Read the full article…

Mexican Travel Blog 5.1: Experiencing the festival of ‘The Day of the Dead’…. part 1

In this fifth instalment of my Mexico City travel blog, I collect a range of experiences of being in and around the city for the ‘Day of the Dead’ festival 2011. Episode 5.1: Experiencing the festival of ‘The Day of the Dead’ Being in Mexico in the run up to and beyond the Day of Read the full article…

Mexican Travel Blog 4: Experiencing the ritual of ‘Santa Muerte’ (Saint Death)

In this fourth instalment of my Mexico City travel blog I share the extraordinary experience of being invited into the very heart of the annual ritual offerings to the sub-cultural icon Santa Muerte. Episode 4: Experiencing the ritual of ‘Santa Muerte’ – Saint Death. This blog entry is very hard to write in a way Read the full article…

Mexican Travel Blog 3: Dressing the Cemetery for the dead

In this third instalment of my Mexico City travel blog I outline an experience of cemetery dressing, for the ‘Day of the Dead’ celebrations. Episode 3: Dressing the Cemetery for the dead. Prior to the ‘Day of the Dead’ festival (Día de Muertos) here, there are numerous extravagant events and preparations taking place – artists Read the full article…

Mexican Travel Blog 2: First Contact – El Faro

In this second instalment of my Mexico City travel blog I focus on a first visit to a visionary project, El Faro de Oriente, in Iztapalapa, an eastern suburb of the Federal District. A few days ago I had the chance to travel out east, to visit the furthest corner of the Mexico City eastern Read the full article…

Mexican Travel Blog 1: Cultural Acclimatisation

This is the first instalment of a CMH travel blog, documenting my research trip to Mexico City. The purpose of the trip is to investigate the practice of Mexican participatory artists, working in community and health projects, as an international comparator to the work of the equivalent artists in the UK. Episode 1: Cultural acclimatisation Read the full article…