A Companion to Medical Anthropology. Wiley Blackwell Companions to Anthropology

  • ID: 2245973
  • Book
  • 576 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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In a global environment of enormous health challenges, medical anthropologists offer important understandings of health systems and healing practices around the world. These leading international scholars assess our persisting problems of malnutrition, chronic and infectious diseases, and the influence of escalating levels of inequality, poverty, war, and genocide.

A Companion to Medical Anthropology examines the key issues and controversies in medical anthropology today.  Singer and Erickson present a thorough assessment of a specific area of medical anthropology, including expert overviews of major topics such as environmental health, global health, biotechnology, syndemics, nutrition, substance abuse, infectious disease, and sexuality and reproductive health. The authors also provide a guide to future trends and the emerging issues that will shape the future of medical anthropology and global health for years to come.

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Synopsis of Contents viii

List of Figures xix

List of Tables xx

Notes on Contributors xxi

Acknowledgments Personal xxxii

Acknowledgments Sources xxxiii

Introduction 1

Part I Theories, Applications, and Methods 7

1 Medical Anthropology in Disciplinary Context: Definitional Struggles and Key Debates (or Answering the Cri Du Coeur) 9Elisa J. Sobo

2 Critical Biocultural Approaches in Medical Anthropology 29Tom Leatherman and Alan H. Goodman

3 Applied Medical Anthropology: Praxis, Pragmatics, Politics, and Promises 49Robert T. Trotter, II

4 Research Design and Methods in Medical Anthropology 69Clarence C. Gravlee

5 Medical Anthropology and Public Policy 93Merrill Eisenberg

Part II Contexts and Conditions 117

6 Culture and the Stress Process 119William W. Dressler

7 Global Health 135Craig R. Janes and Kitty K. Corbett

8 Syndemics in Global Health 159Merrill Singer, D. Ann Herring, Judith Littleton, and Melanie Rock

9 The Ecology of Disease and Health 181Patricia K. Townsend

10 The Medical Anthropology of Water 197Linda M. Whiteford and Cecilia Vindrola Padros

11 Political Violence, War and Medical Anthropology 219Barbara Rylko–Bauer and Merrill Singer

Part III Health and Behavior 251

12 Humans in a World of Microbes: The Anthropology of Infectious Disease 253Peter J. Brown, George J. Armelagos, and Kenneth C. Maes

13 Sexuality, Medical Anthropology, and Public Health 271Pamela I. Erickson

14 Situating Birth in the Anthropology of Reproduction 289Carolyn Sargent and Lauren Gulbas

15 Nutrition and Health 305David A. Himmelgreen, Nancy Romero Daza and Charlotte A. Noble

16 Anthropologies of Cancer and Risk, Uncertainty and Disruption 323Lenore Manderson

17 Generation RX: Anthropological Research on Pharmaceutical Enhancement, Lifestyle Regulation, Self–Medication and Recreational Drug Use 339Gilbert Quintero and Mark Nichter

18 Anthropology and the Study of Illicit Drug Use 357J. Bryan Page

Part IV Healthwork: Care, Treatment, and Communication 379

19 Ethnomedicine 381Marsha B. Quinlan

20 Medical Pluralism: An Evolving and Contested Concept in Medical Anthropology 405Hans A. Baer

21 Biotechnologies of Care 425Julie Park and Ruth Fitzgerald

22 Social Interaction and Technology: Cultural Competency and the Universality of Good Manners 443Kathryn Coe, Gail Barker, and Craig Palmer

23 Biocommunicability 459Charles L. Briggs

24 Anthropology at the End of Life 477Ron Barrett

Part V The Road Ahead 491

25 Operationalizing a Right to Health: Theorizing a National Health System as a "Commons" 493Sandy Smith–Nonini and Beverly Bell

26 As the Future Explodes into the Present: Emergent Issues and the Tomorrow of Medical Anthropology 515Merrill Singer and Pamela I. Erickson

Index 533

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It will be of use to undergraduates and postgraduates, as well as proving worthwhile to academics seeking accessible summaries of areas outside their specialism.   (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 25 January 2013)

"Of this, the Reader provides compelling evidence through the work of senior and junior researchers working on home and foreign terrains (from numerous countries of origin) exploring the circulation of biomedicine, biotechnology, and the medical imaginary′." (Journal of the Royal Astronomical Institute, 2011)
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