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Stacy Pigg


Professor of Anthropology

PhD (Anthropology) Cornell University;
MA (Cultural Anthropology with minors in South Asian Studies, Latin American Studies) Cornell University, U.S.A.

Email: pigg@sfu.ca
Phone: 778-782-3777
Office: AQ 5074

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Research Interests

Medicine, science and transnational processes; Biomedicine and modernity; AIDS; sexuality; reproductive health; Discourses, ideologies and practices of international development; global cosmopolitanisms and the social production of commensurability.

Dr. Stacy Pigg, Professor of Anthropolgy and Associate Member of the School for International Studies, received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University. Dr. Pigg's interests lie at the intersection of medical anthropology and the study of postcolonial cultural relations. Her 2005 book (co-edited with Vincanne Adams), Sex in Development: Science, Sexuality, and Morality in Global Perspective links theory from science studies, critical studies of development, and cultural analyses of sexuality in studies of the rationalization and medicalization of sexuality around the world. She has done field research in Nepal on the creation of public knowledge about AIDS, on the cultural impact of national ideologies of development, and on the relation between western medicine and traditional healing - topics that reflect her long-standing interest in the negotiation of differing frameworks of meaning as this occurs under conditions of social inequality. Dr. Pigg's recent work on AIDS awareness in Nepal looks at how global expertise becomes linked to local social concerns through medical issues. Much of her previous work has dealt with constructions of "modernity" and "tradition" -- in Nepalese society, in international development, and in anthropological theory. Dr. Pigg's work on all these topics is informed by interests in contemporary theories of culture, language, and power; studies of colonialism and postcolonial social forms; social analyses of the body, sexuality medicine, and science; and questions of ethnographic methods and writing. She served as Editor of the journal Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness from 2000-2006.

Dr. Pigg's publications include:

Adams, Vincanne and Stacy Leigh Pigg, editors 2005 Sex in Development: Science, Sexuality, and Morality in Global Perspective. Durham: Duke University Press.

Pigg, Stacy Leigh 2005 Globalizing the Facts of Life. In Sex in Development: Science, Sexuality, and Morality in Global PerspectiveVincanne Adams and Stacy Leigh Pigg, editors, pp 39-65. Durham: Duke University Press.

  • Pigg, Stacy Leigh 2002 Expecting the Epidemic: A Social History of the Representation of Sexual Risk in Nepal. Theme Issue, “Women, AIDS, and Globalization,” Cindy Patton and Meredith Raimondo, guest editors. Feminist Media Studies 2(1): 97-125.

  • Pigg, Stacy Leigh 2002 Too Bold, Too Hot: Crossing ‘Culture’ in AIDS Prevention in Nepal. In New Horizons in Medical Anthropology: Essays in Honour of Charles Leslie. Mark Nichter and Margaret Lock, eds., pp. 58-80. New York and London: Routledge.

  • Pigg, Stacy Leigh 2001 Languages of Sex and AIDS in Nepal: Notes on the Social Production of Commensurability. Theme Issue “Anthropology and/in/of Science” Cultural Anthropology 16(4):481-541.

  • Pigg, Stacy Leigh 2001 Les politiques de développement et les politiques de la santé: les contradictions de la prévention du sida au Népal. Theme Issue on “Économie Politique Féministe,” Marie-France Labrecque, guest editor. Anthropologie et Societes 25(1): 43-62.

  • Pigg, Stacy Leigh and Linnet Pike 2001 Knowledges, Attitudes, Beliefs, and Practices: The Social Shadow of AIDS Prevention in Nepal. Theme Issue. “Sexual Sites, Seminal Attitudes: Sexualities, Masculinities and Culutre in South Asia,” Sanjay Srivastava, guest editor. South Asia 24: 177-195.

  • (lead author) Davis-Floyd, Robbie, Stacy Leigh Pigg, and Sheila Cosminsky 2001Introduction -- Daughters of Time: The Shifting Identities of Contemporary Midwives.

  • Pigg, Stacy Leigh 1997 "Found in Most Traditional Societies": Traditional Medical Practitioners between Culture and Development. In International Development and the Social Sciences, Frederick Cooper and Randall Packard, eds, pp 259-290. University of California Press.

  • Pigg, Stacy Leigh 1997 Authority in Translation: Finding Knowing, Naming and Training "Traditional Birth Attendants" in Nepal. In Childbirth and Authoritative Knowledge: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Robbie Davis-Floyd and Carolyn Sargent, eds., pp. 233-62. University of California Press.

  • Pigg, Stacy Leigh 1996 The Credible and the Credulous: The Questions of "Villagers' Beliefs" in Nepal. Cultural Anthropology 11(2):160-201.

  • Pigg, Stacy Leigh 1992 Inventing Social Categories through Place: Social Representations and Development in Nepal. Comparative Studies in Society and History 34(3):491-513.

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