Medical Anthropology and the World System: A Critical Perspective

Medical Anthropology and the World System: A Critical Perspective

by Hans A. Baer, Ida Susser, Merrill Singer
     
 

Medical anthropology is one of the youngest and most dynamic of the various subdisciplines within anthropology. Critical medical anthropology has evolved into one of the major perspectives through which faculty and students study the field. It examines health-related issues in precapitalist indigenous and state societies, capitalist societies, and postrevolutionary

See more details below

Overview

Medical anthropology is one of the youngest and most dynamic of the various subdisciplines within anthropology. Critical medical anthropology has evolved into one of the major perspectives through which faculty and students study the field. It examines health-related issues in precapitalist indigenous and state societies, capitalist societies, and postrevolutionary of socialist-oriented societies. While critical medical anthropology draws heavily on neo-Marxian, critical, and world systems theoretical perspectives, it attempts to incorporate the theoretical contributions of other systems in medical anthropology, including biocultural or medical ecology, ethnomedical approaches, cultural constructivism, poststructuralism, and postmodernism. This is the first textbook to incorporate this perspective.

The first part provides the reader with a discussion of the central concepts in, and the development and scope of, medical anthropology, as well as the critical perspective employed. The second part explores health and the environment as well as the social origins of specific health problems. The diversity of medical systems in different societies is highlighted in the third part. Finally, part four argues for a merger of theory and social action.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
This text for introductory undergraduate medical anthropology classes relies heavily on the perspective of critical medical anthropology. Topics include the relation between health and the environment in a variety of societies; the social origins of specific health problems; medical systems created by both indigenous, archaic states and modern societies; and an argument for a merger of theory and social action that will serve groups that are subordinate to ruling elites and transnational corporations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897894241
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/30/1997
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.48(h) x 1.02(d)
Lexile:
1510L (what's this?)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >