Ruth Prince

Ruth Prince is trained as a social anthropologist at the universities of Copenhagen, UCL and Oxford. Research interests and publications focus on eastern Africa and range from the anthropology of global health, development and humanitarianism, NGOs and the state, to Christianity, material practice and memory, land, gender and social change. Her current project is on Kenyan doctors and their negotiations of the public good and private practice, global health interventions and socio-economic inequality as they struggle to respond to both new and old threats to health, provide medical care, and negotiate their professional status in a situation of scarce resources. Her Mellon-supported project explored the moral economies taking shape around transnational HIV interventions in a Kenyan city and related issues concerning hunger and food insecurity, urban poverty and intimate relations, governance, NGOs and the Kenyan State, class and religious identities. She is interested in how urban public health interventions in east Africa are shaping spatial and temporal trajectories and imaginations of development, socioeconomic aspirations, and economies of hope.

 

Selected publications:

BOOKS

Geissler, PW & RJ Prince 2010. ‘The Land is Dying’: Contingency, Creativity and Conflict in Western Kenya. Oxford: Berghahn books.http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title.php?rowtag=GeisslerLand

EDITED BOOKS

Prince, R.J. & R. Marsland. 2013. Making Public Health in Africa: Ethnographic and Historical Perspectives. Athens: Ohio University Press (in press)

SPECIAL ISSUES

Marsland, R. & RJ. Prince. 2012. What is Life Worth? Exploring Biomedical Interventions, Survival and the Politics of Life. Special issue, Medical Anthropology Quarterly 26(4): 453-469. (December 2012).http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/maq.2012.26.issue-4/issuetoc

ARTICLES

In press:

Prince, RJ. 2013.Tarmacking” in the Millennium City: Spatial and Temporal Trajectories of “Empowerment” in Kenya. Africa 83(4), in press.

Prince RJ. 2013. Precarious Projects: Conversions of Biomedical Knowledge in an East African City. Medical Anthropology http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/RyBZvTfzaXnd8Fd86WPT/full

Prince, RJ. 2012. HIV and the Moral Economy of Survival in an East African City. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 26(4): 534-556.

https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/244828

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/maq.12006/abstract

Marsland, R. & RJ. Prince. 2012. Introduction. What is Life Worth? Exploring Biomedical Interventions, Survival and the Politics of Life (part of the special issue on ‘What is Life Worth’ for Medical Anthropology Quarterly 26(4): 453-469. (December 2012).http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/maq.2012.26.issue-4/issuetoc

BOOK CHAPTERS

In press:

Prince RJ. 2013. Introduction: Health and the Public in Africa. In R. Prince & R. Marsland (eds.) Making Public Health in Africa: Ethnographic and Historical Perspectives. Athens: Ohio University Press.

Prince, RJ. 2013. Navigating Global Health in an East African City. In Making Public Health in Africa: Ethnographic and Historical Perspectives, edited by RJ. Prince & R. Marsland, Athens: Ohio University Press.

Prince, RJ. 2012. The Politics and Anti-Politics of HIV: healthcare and welfare in contemporary Kenya. In R. Rottenburg. P.W.Geissler & J. Zenker (eds.) Rethinking Biomedicine and Governance in Africa: Contributions from Anthropology. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag.

http://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/244829

Prince, RJ. 2011. Public debates about ‘Luo widow inheritance’ in relation to Christianity, tradition and AIDS in western Kenya. In H. Englund (ed) Christianity and Public Culture in Africa. Athens: Ohio University Press. http://www.ohioswallow.com/book/Christianity+and+Public+Culture+in+Africa

Geissler PW. & Prince, RJ. 2010. Purity is Danger: Ambiguities of touch around sickness and death in western Kenya. In: Morality, Hope and Grief. Anthropologies of AIDS in Africa. Luig U & H. Dilger (eds.). Oxford: Berghahn.

BOOK REVIEWS

Prince, RJ. 2009. Review of Helen Epstein, 2007. The Invisible Cure: Africa, the West and the Fight Against AIDS. Farrar, Straus & Girroux. Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Spring 2009: 83(1): 237-238.

Prince, RJ. 2012. Science, Knowledge and Colonial Rule in Africa (Review of Helen Tilley, “Africa as a Living Laboratory”). Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 43: 821-824.

FILM

Prince, RJ, Geissler PW, Tuchtenhagen G., Neubert-Maric, M. 2002. Adhiambo – Born in the Evening. Two Months in the Life of a Kenyan Mother and her Newborn Daughter. (Digital Video Film, 68 min.). Copenhagen, Hamburg and Cambridge: Filmwerkstatt Dokumentarisch Arbeiten (Distr. Royal Anthropological Institute). Winner of the RAI Film Student Prize 2003.

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