Critical Medical Anthropology

Critical Medical Anthropology

by Merrill Singer, Hans Baer

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780895031242
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/01/1995
Series: Critical Approaches in the Health Social Sciences Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 406
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Merrill Singer is a medical anthropologist and professor in Anthropology at The University of Connecticut and in Community Medicine at The University of Connecticut Health Center.

Table of Contents

SECTION A: Orientation
Introduction
Medical Anthropology and its Transformation
The Critical Gaze
Postmodernism Medical Anthropology: A Critique

SECTION B: The Macro-Social Level
Health-Related Issues in Socialist-Oriented Societies: Ideals, Contradictions, and Realities
Studying Up: The Political Economy of Nuclear Regulation

SECTION C: The Intermediate-Social Level
The American Dominative Medical System as a Reflection of Social Relations in the Larger Society
AIDS and the Health Crisis of the U.S. Urban Poor
The Drive for Professionalization in British Osteopathy

SECTION D: The Micro-Social Level
Medical Hegemony, Biomedical Magic, and Folk Medicine: Reproductive Illness among Haitian Women
Prophets and Advisors in African-American Spiritual Churches: Therapy, Palliative, or Opiate?

SECTION E: The Individual Level
Confronting Juan García's Drinking Problem: The Demedicalization of Alcoholism
Cure, Care and Control: Agency and the Structure in the Clinical Encounter

SECTION F: Directions
How Critical Can Clinical Anthropology Be?
Critical Praxis in Medical Anthropology
Topic Index
Name Index

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