A Companion to Medical Anthropology / Edition 1by Merrill Singer
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… See more details below
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.
Table of ContentsSynopsis of Contents.
List of Figures.
List of Tables.
Notes on Contributors.
Acknowledgments – Personal.
Acknowledgments – Sources.
Part I Theories, Applications, and Methods.
1 Medical Anthropology in Disciplinary Context: Definitional Struggles and Key Debates (or Answering the Cri Du Coeur) (Elisa J. Sobo).
2 Critical Biocultural Approaches in Medical Anthropology (Tom Leatherman and Alan H. Goodman).
3 Applied Medical Anthropology: Praxis, Pragmatics, Politics, and Promises (Robert T. Trotter, II).
4 Research Design and Methods in Medical Anthropology (Clarence C. Gravlee).
5 Medical Anthropology and Public Policy (Merrill Eisenberg).
Part II Contexts and Conditions.
6 Culture and the Stress Process (William W. Dressler).
7 Global Health (Craig R. Janes and Kitty K. Corbett).
8 Syndemics in Global Health (Merrill Singer, D. Ann Herring, Judith Littleton, and Melanie Rock).
9 The Ecology of Disease and Health (Patricia K. Townsend).
10 The Medical Anthropology of Water (Linda M. Whiteford and Cecilia Vindrola Padros0.
11 Political Violence, War and Medical Anthropology (Barbara Rylko-Bauer and Merrill Singer).
Part III Health and Behavior.
12 Humans in a World of Microbes: The Anthropology of Infectious Disease (Peter J. Brown, George J. Armelagos, and Kenneth C. Maes).
13 Sexuality, Medical Anthropology, and Public Health (Pamela I. Erickson).
14 Situating Birth in the Anthropology of Reproduction (Carolyn Sargent and Lauren Gulbas).
15 Nutrition and Health (David A. Himmelgreen, Nancy Romero Daza and Charlotte A. Noble).
16 Anthropologies of Cancer and Risk, Uncertainty and Disruption (Lenore Manderson).
17 Generation RX: Anthropological Research on Pharmaceutical Enhancement, Lifestyle Regulation, Self-Medication and Recreational Drug Use (Gilbert Quintero and Mark Nichter).
18 Anthropology and the Study of Illicit Drug Use (J. Bryan Page).
Part IV Healthwork: Care, Treatment, and Communication.
19 Ethnomedicine (Marsha B. Quinlan).
20 Medical Pluralism: An Evolving and Contested Concept in Medical Anthropology (Hans A. Baer).
21 Biotechnologies of Care (Julie Park and Ruth Fitzgerald).
22 Social Interaction and Technology: Cultural Competency and the Universality of Good Manners (Kathryn Coe, Gail Barker, and Craig Palmer).
23 Biocommunicability (Charles L. Briggs).
24 Anthropology at the End of Life (Ron Barrett).
Part V The Road Ahead.
25 Operationalizing a Right to Health: Theorizing a National Health System as a "Commons" (Sandy Smith-Nonini and Beverly Bell).
26 As the Future Explodes into the Present: Emergent Issues and the Tomorrow of Medical Anthropology (Merrill Singer and Pamela I. Erickson).
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