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The Politics of Product Design and Safety Law in the United States
Sarah S. Lochlann Jain

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"In using anthropology's central strength of reading broad social structures through the details of everyday life and interactions, Jain is able to show what each discipline has to gain from such cross-pollinations. . . . American studies scholars will find an exciting and significant contribution to the field, and one that is beautifully written and perspicaciously argued."--Jake Kosek, American Studies

"With the sparkle of deep insight found in Injury, scholars interested in questions of violence, political economy, law, and technoscience will find much to appreciate. It is an innovative and astute work, as well as an impressive feat of interdisciplinary scholarship."--Michelle Murphy, American Anthropologist


"Personal injury lawsuits and the complex body of legal doctrines that shape them are rarely discussed outside of courts and law schools, except in the narrow polemical framework of campaigns to limit 'frivolous lawsuits.' This is unfortunate, because as Sarah Jain documents in this haunting and accessible study, injury law is not only a back door to regulating the economy, it is also a kind of cultural unconscious; a place guarded by legal fictions, where American society goes to imagine the nature of injury, draw the boundaries of the self, and assign the burdens of our risky ambitions."--Jonathan Simon, University of California, Berkeley

"A landmark work in the cultural study of American law and social inequality--creatively conceived, richly researched, and provocatively written."--Elizabeth Povinelli, Columbia University

"This is anthropology at its best, intervening in social problems that are hotly debated at various levels in society. It shows how the dynamics of injury law unfold at much deeper discursive and structural levels than cultural critics normally allow."--Michael M. J. Fischer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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