Medical Anthropology and the World System: Second Edition / Edition 2

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Overview

Medical anthropology is one of the youngest and most dynamic of anthropology's various subdisciplines. 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 of the book is 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. A third part highlights the diversity of medical systems in different societies, and a fourth part argues for a merger of theory and social action.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897898461
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/30/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

HANS BAER is in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Gerontology at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. MERRILL SINGER is Associate Director and Chief of Research at the Hispanic Health Council in Hartford, Connecticut. IDA SUSSER is Professor of Anthropology at Hunter College, City University of New York.

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Table of Contents

I What is medical anthropology about? 1
1 Medical anthropology : central concepts and development 3
2 Theoretical perspectives in medical anthropology 31
II The social origins of disease and suffering 55
3 Health and the environment : from foraging societies to the capitalist world system 57
4 Homelessness in the world system 83
5 Legal addictions, part I : demon in a bottle 97
6 Legal addictions, part II : up in smoke 143
7 Illicit drugs : self-medicating the hidden injuries of oppression 169
8 AIDS : a disease of the global system 227
9 Reproduction and inequality 283
III Medical systems in social context 305
10 Medical systems in indigenous and precapitalist state societies 307
11 Biomedical hegemony in the context of medical pluralism 329
IV Toward an equitable and healthy global system 353
12 The pursuit of health as a human right : health praxis and the struggle for a healthy world 355
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