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Medical Anthropology. Regional Perspectives and Shared Concerns. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2247106
  • Book
  • November 2006
  • 336 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Medical Anthropology: Regional Perspectives and Shared Concerns surveys medical anthropology by examining the multiplicity of intellectual traditions from which it emerged, taking a closer look at the paths charted by medical anthropologists in Europe and the Americas.
  • An overview of the discipline, written by medical anthropologists of international stature.
  • Includes case studies from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • Also provides thematic perspectives, considering gender and politics in relation to medical anthropology.
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Notes on Contributors.



Introduction (Francine Saillant and Serge Genest).

Part I: Perspectives from the Americas.

1. Canada. .

Section 1: Bioscience and Biotechnology Under Ethnographic Surveillance: Where Do Canadian Medical Anthropologists Stand (Gilles Bibeau (Université de Montréal), Janice E. Graham (Université de Montréal), and Usher Fleishing (University of Calgary).

Section 2: The Anthropology of Health in Québec: Toward a Blending of Approaches and Methods (Raymond Massé (Université Laval).

2. The United States. .

Medical Anthropology in the United States (Arachu Castro (Harvard University) and Paul Farmer (Harvard University).

3. Brazil. .

Much More than Medical Anthropology: The Healthy Body and Brazilian Identity (Annette Leibing (Université de Montréal).

4. Mexico. .

Medical Anthropology in Mexico: Recent Trends in Research and Education (María Beatriz Duarte-Gómez (National University of Colombia), Roberto Campos-Navarro (Universidad Nacional Autónoma), Gustavo Nigenda (Escuela Nacional de Anthropologia e Historia).

Part II: Perspectives from Europe.

5. France. .

Medical Anthropology in France: A Healthy Discipline (Sylvie Fainzang (Centre de Recherche Médecine, Sciences, Santé et Société).

6. Spain. .

Topographies, Folklore, and Medical Anthropolgy in Spain (Josep M. Comelles (Ecole des Hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris), Enrique Perdiguero (Miguel Hernández University, Spain), and Angel Martínez-Hernáez (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain).

7. Italy. .

Suffering, Politics, Nation: A Cartography of Italian Medical Anthropology (Mariella Pandolfi (Université de Montréal) and Gilles Bibeau (Université de Montréal).

8. Germany. .

Medical Anthropology(ies) in Germany (Angelika Wolf (Universität Bayreuth), Stefan Ecks (University of Edinburgh), and Johannes Sommerfeld (World Health Organization).

9. The Netherlands. .

A Cultural Fascination with Medicine: Medical Anthropology in the Netherlands (Sjaak Van Der Geest (University of Amsterdam).

10. The United Kingdom. .

British Medical Anthropology: Past, Present and Future (Ronald Frankenberg (University of Manchester).

11. Switzerland. .

Anthropology between Medicine and Society: Swiss Health Interfaces (Ilario Rossi (University of Lausanne).

Part III: Cross-cutting and Thematic Perspectives.

12. Gender. .

Engendering Medical Anthropology (Carole H. Browner (UCLA) and Carolyn Sargent (Southern Methodist University).

13. Politics. .

The Politics of Life: Beyond the Anthropology of Health (Didier Fassin (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales).

Conclusion: Medical Anthropology: Intimations for the Future (Margaret Lock (McGill University).


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Francine Saillant Universite Laval.

Serge Genest Universite Laval.
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