Amrita Kurian

Amrita Kurian
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Amrita Kurian is a post-field doctoral scholar in socio-cultural anthropology. She received her Masters and Master of Philosophy in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics, India. She received her Masters in Anthropology at UCSD in 2012. Her thesis, titled “From “Sexy” To “Risky”: The Variegated Life of Tobacco in the United States”, uses a historical lens to demonstrate how changes in the material nature of tobacco, the cumulative effect of sustained human manipulation and historical chance, and shifts in scientific practices co-constituted tobacco and its consumers as economic and health risks. Her doctoral dissertation extends this focus to the cigarette/Flue-Cured Virginia tobacco sector in India by looking at what happens to institutions and stakeholders when desirable objects become undesirable. It examines the effects of transnationally circulating health policies and highly privatized, international markets on state functions in India. She employs methods from Science and Technology Studies and Material feminisms to further analyse the trickle down effects of state processes of standardization and scientific interventions, tailored to the market and discourses surrounding health and environment, on the dynamics of production on tobacco farms in the arid regions of South Andhra Pradesh.