Cori Hayden

Associate Professor Fellow
2013-2014
Cori Hayden

What are the conditions for, and contours of, a 21st century politics of the copy? In her book project, "New Same Things," Cori Hayden (Anthropology) argues that generic pharmaceutical developments in Mexico offer strong evidence countering arguments that Latin American popular politics are no longer organized around “the domestic copy,” the famous hallmark of consumption, production, and national identity in the era of 20th century import substitution. Engaging Latin American studies, postcolonial science studies, and anthropology, the book engages with popular politics, with proliferating forms of pharmaceutical sameness, similarity, and difference, and with new modes of value that are emerging today in the seemingly modest name of “the generic.” "New Same Things" is both an inquiry into the conditions of possibility for democratization and access to medicines, and an ethnographically-driven, Latin America-oriented intervention into social theory’s engagements with “the copy” and its politics.