Stuff I’m not getting paid to read

A photo of hieroglyphics including a bird glyph

Ten striking facts about agricultural input use in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Food Policy
Volume 67, February 2017, Pages 12–25. A serious, research-grounded look at actual agriculture in SSA.

Inside the Hunt for Russia’s Most Notorious Hacker,” Wired. Not a journal article but an excellent look at transnational computer crime and law enforcement.

The Goal Is Not to Cheer You Up”: Empathetic Care in Israeli Life Coaching,” Ethos, Volume 45, Issue 1, March 2017, Pages 98–115. I’m always looking for decent empirical research on coaching and the assumptions behind, and I am really enjoying this read.

Stress, Pregnancy, and Motherhood: Implications for Birth Weights in the Borderlands of Texas,” Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Volume 31, Issue 1, March 2017, Pages 60–77. I am a little obsessed with the sociocultural factors that impact birth outcomes, and this is right up my alley.

Innocent or Intentional?: Interpreting Oppositional Defiant Disorder in a Preschool Mental Health Clinic,” Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, March 2017, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 94–110. Oppositional Defiant Disorder is diagnosed when the clinician determines that the child is doing it on purpose (whatever it may be) but the treatment is actually aimed at changing parent behavior. That’s weird and complicated.

Caring for Strangers: Aging, Traditional Medicine, and Collective Self-care in Post-socialist Russia,” Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Volume 31, Issue 1, March 2017, Pages 78–96. Post-socialist health care is one of my actual technical specialties, and this article describes an offline community of strangers that functions surprisingly like the online patient forums such as Patients Like Me.