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 I of this collection looks at medical anthropology in Canada, the United States, Brazil, and Mexico; Part II explores the European traditions of the field; and Part III 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: 9781405152501
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/14/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.75 (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.



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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