A Reader in Medical Anthropology

A Reader in Medical Anthropology : Theoretical Trajectories, Emergent Realities

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A Reader in Medical Anthropology: Theoretical Trajectories, Emergent Realities brings together articles from the key theoretical approaches in the field of medical anthropology as well as related science and technology studies. The editors comprehensive introductions evaluate the historical lineages of these approaches and their value in addressing critical problems associated with contemporary forms of illness experience and health care. * Presents a key selection of both classic and new agenda-setting articles in medical anthropology * Provides analytic and historical contextual introductions by leading figures in medical anthropology, medical sociology, and science and technology studies * Critically reviews the contribution of medical anthropology to a new global health movement that is reshaping international health agendas

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  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 167.64 x 243.84 x 30.48mm | 861.82g
  • 14 May 2010
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, figures
  • 1405183144
  • 9781405183147
  • 288,630

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Byron J. Good is Professor of Medical Anthropology, Depart-ment of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Professor in the Department of Anthropol-ogy, Harvard University. Michael M. J. Fischer is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Sarah S. Willen is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University. She has been an NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and has taught in the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University. Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good is Professor of Social Medicine, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and in the Department of Sociology, Harvard University.

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"A Reader in Medical Anthropology: Theoretical Trajectories, Emergent Realities" brings together essays that represent key themes in the vibrant field of medical anthropology: its theoretical legacy; phenomenologies of illness and narrative, body and experience; biological citizenship; the biotechnical embrace; the new medical biosciences; global health and medicine; postcolonial power relations and the humanitarian challenges of the contemporary world. This ground-breaking reader brings together a vital set of theoretical traditions that are deftly responsive to emergent realities in clinical medicine, biomedical science, global health, humanitarian intervention, global politics, and everyday life.

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