Medical Anthropology: Regional Perspectives and Shared Concerns / Edition 1

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How has medical anthropology developed since the first manuals were published in the United States nearly thirty years ago? Rejecting a linear history in favor of a more kaleidoscopic approach, Medical Anthropology: Regional Perspectives and Shared Concerns explores the answers to this question 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, this volume offers the reader an overview of the contemporary intellectual landscape of the discipline, as well as insight into its traditions.This carefully structured volume is written by medical anthropologists of international stature, many of whom have been instrumental in defining the field and charting its course. Part One of this collection looks at medical anthropology in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil; Part Two explores the European traditions of the field; and Part Three provides two case studies that examine medical anthropology thematically rather than regionally. Finally, Margaret Lock's conclusion to this text considers the history of medical anthropology from a new perspective, pinpointing the elements of convergence beyond its local expressions.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This fascinating and important collection highlights the differences and similarities of recent intellectual traditions within the field of Medical Anthropology as articulated in eleven different countries in the Americas and Europe. It is essential for understanding what the contemporary field is."
Peter J. Brown, Professor of Anthropology and Global Health, Emory University

"The editors have done excellent work in bringing together the different visions of so many renowned experts in the field."
Medische Anthropologie: Tidschrift over Gezondheid Cultuur

“In an excellent conclusion, Lock considers medical anthropology’s new location in society’s bodies, whilst it de-essentializes both body and culture.” Journal of Anthropological Research

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405152495
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/14/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Francine Saillant is Professor of Anthropology at the Université Laval and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Anthropologie et Sociétés.She has conducted research on ethnomedicine, alternative medicine, midwifery, and women’s knowledge of the body. She is now conducting research work on humanitarian action and human rights. Her books include Transformations sociales, genre et santé (with Manon Boulianne, 2003), Identités, vulnérabilités, communautés (with Michèle Clément, 2004), Communautés et socialités (with Éric Gagnon, 2005), and De la responsabilité: Éthique et politique (with Éric Gagnon, 2006).

Serge Genest is Professor of Anthropology at the Université Laval. He has conducted research on medical systems in Central and West Africa, in South-East Asia, and in Quebec. He has explored traditional systems of medicine in Africa, the encounter between local medicines and biomedicine, and AIDS. His current work deals with international development and health, as well as the connections between environment and health.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors     viii
Preface     xvi
Acknowledgments     xvii
Introduction   Francine Saillant   Serge Genest     xviii
Perspectives from the Americas     1
Canada     3
Bioscience and Biotechnology Under Ethnographic Surveillance: Where Do Canadian Medical Anthropologists Stand?   Gilles Bibeau   Janice E. Graham   Usher Fleising     3
The Anthropology of Health in Quebec: Toward a Blending of Approaches and Methods   Raymond Masse     23
The United States     42
Medical Anthropology in the United States   Aruchu Castro   Paul Farmer
Brazil     58
Much More than Medical Anthropology: The Healthy Body and Brazilian Indentity   Annette Leibing
Mexico     71
Medical Anthropology in Mexico: Recent Trends in Research and Education   Maria Beatriz Duarte-Gomez   Roberto Campos-Navarro   Gustavo Nigenda
Perspectives from Europe     87
France     89
Medical Anthropology in France: A Healthy Discipline   Sylvie Fainzang
Spain     103
Topographies, Folklore, and Medical Anthropology in Spain   Josep M. Comelles   Enrique Perdiguero   AngelMartinez-Hernaez
Italy     122
Suffering, Politics, Nation: A Cartography of Italian Medical Anthropology   Mariella Pandolfi   Gilles Bibeau
Germany     142
Medical Anthropology(ies) in Germany   Angelika Wolf   Stefan Ecks   Johannes Sommerfeld
The Netherlands     162
A Cultural Fascination with Medicine: Medical Anthropology in the Netherlands   Sjaak Van der Geest
The United Kingdom     183
British Medical Anthropology: Past, Present and Future   Ronald Frankenberg
Switzerland     212
Anthropology between Medicine and Society: Swiss Health Interfaces   Ilario Rossi
Cross-cutting and Thematic Perspectives     231
Gender     233
Engendering Medical Anthropology   Carole H. Browner   Carolyn Sargent
Politics     252
The Politics of Life: Beyond the Anthropology of Health   Didier Fassin
Conclusion     267
Medical Anthropology: Intimations for the Future   Margaret Lock
Index     289
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