Todd Meyers is Associate Professor of Anthropology at New York University–Shanghai. He is the author of Realizing the Witch: Science, Cinema, and the Mastery of the Invisible (with Richard Baxstrom, Fordham University Press, 2016) Experimente im individuum: Kurt Goldstein und die Frage des Organismus (with Stefanos Geroulanos, Walther König/August Verlag, 2014) and The Clinic and Elsewhere: Addiction, Adolescents, and the Afterlife of Therapy (University of Washington Press, 2013). He co-edits the Forms of Living book series at Fordham University Press and is the Associate Editor of Somatosphere.
The following is a survey of ethnographic research conducted in Baltimore, Maryland (USA) with one family over the past twelve years. My focus has been on illness and its management––how kinship relations are reconfigured along the lines of symptom, need, and resource. The discussion derives from my current book project, Black Figurine, which redraws concepts of vulnerability, precarity, and risk in material and temporal terms.