Conclusion

In the context of medical technologies that simultaneously extend life and prolong dying, the commodification of poor bodies in a global economy of scarcity, debt, and demand, and the proliferation of violent conflict into everyday life, death and life enter a zone of indistinction in which biopol-itics determines their precise definition (Agamben, 1998). The ways in which law, medicine, the market, concepts of the body, private life, and political existence come together in new cultural formations will continue to be a rich ground for anthropological investigation.

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