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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 anthropologyProvides analytic and historical contextual introductions by leading figures in medical anthropology, medical sociology, and science and technology studiesCritically reviews the contribution of medical anthropology to a new global health movement that is reshaping international health agendas
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  • Paperback | 614 pages
  • 167.64 x 243.84 x 30.48mm | 861.82g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 1405183144
  • 9781405183147
  • 271,155

About Byron J. Good

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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Table of contents

Acknowledgments ix
About the Editors xiii
Introduction 1
Part I Antecedents 7
Introduction 9
1 Massage in Melanesia 15W. H. R. Rivers
2 The Notion of Witchcraft Explains Unfortunate Events 18E. E. Evans-Pritchard
3 Muchona the Hornet, Interpreter of Religion 26Victor Turner
4 The Ojibwa Self and Its Behavioral Environment 38Irving A. Hallowell
5 The Charity Physician 47Rudolf Virchow
6 The Role of Beliefs and Customs in Sanitation Programs 50Benjamin Paul
7 Introduction to Asian Medical Systems 55Charles Leslie
8 Medical Anthropology and the Problem of Belief 64Byron J. Good
Part II Illness and Narrative, Body and Experience 77
Introduction 79
9 Medicine s Symbolic Reality: On a Central Problem in the Philosophy of Medicine 85Arthur M. Kleinman
10 Elements of Charismatic Persuasion and Healing 91Thomas J. Csordas
11 The Thickness of Being: Intentional Worlds, Strategies of Identity, and Experience Among Schizophrenics 108Ellen Corin
12 The Concept of Therapeutic Emplotment 121Cheryl Mattingly
13 Myths/Histories/Lives 137Michael Jackson
14 The State Construction of Affect: Political Ethos and Mental Health Among Salvadoran Refugees 143Janis Hunter Jenkins
15 Struggling Along: The Possibilities for Experience among the Homeless Mentally Ill 160Robert Desjarlais
Part III Governmentalities and Biological Citizenship 175
Introduction 177
16 Dreaming of Psychiatric Citizenship: A Case Study of Supermax Confinement 181Lorna A. Rhodes
17 Biological Citizenship: The Science and Politics of Chernobyl-Exposed Populations 199Adriana Petryna
18 Human Pharmakon: Symptoms, Technologies, Subjectivities 213Joao Biehl
19 The Figure of the Abducted Woman: The Citizen as Sexed 232Veena Das
20 Where Ethics and Politics Meet: The Violence of Humanitarianism in France 245Miriam Ticktin
Part IV The Biotechnical Embrace 263
Introduction 265
21 The Medical Imaginary and the Biotechnical Embrace: Subjective Experiences of Clinical Scientists and Patients 272Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good
22 Where It Hurts: Indian Material for an Ethics of Organ Transplantation 284Lawrence Cohen
23 Robin Hood of Techno-Turkey or Organ Trafficking in the State of Ethical Beings 300Aslihan Sanal
24 Quest for Conception: Gender, Infertility, and Egyptian Medical Traditions 319Marcia C. Inhorn
25 AIDS in 2006: Moving toward One World, One Hope? 327Jim Yong Kim and Paul Farmer
Part V Biosciences, Biotechnologies 331
Introduction 333
26 Dr. Judah Folkman s Decalogue and Network Analysis 339Michael M. J. Fischer
27 Beyond Nature and Culture: Modes of Reasoning in the Age of Molecular Biology and Medicine 345Hans-Joerg Rheinberger
28 Immortality, In Vitro: A History of the HeLa Cell Line 353Hannah Landecker
29 A Digital Image of the Category of the Person 367Joseph Dumit
30 Experimental Values: Indian Clinical Trials and Surplus Health 377Kaushik Sunder Rajan
Part VI Global Health, Global Medicine 389
Introduction 391
31 Medical Anthropology and International Health Planning 394George M. Foster
32 Anthropology and Global Health 405Craig R. Janes and Kitty K. Corbett
33 Mot Luuk Problems in Northeast Thailand: Why Women s Own Health Concerns Matter as Much as Disease Rates 422Pimpawun Boonmongkon, Mark Nichter, and Jen Pylypa
34 The New Malaise: Medical Ethics and Social Rights in the Global Era 437Paul Farmer
35 Humanitarianism as a Politics of Life 452Didier Fassin
Part VII Postcolonial Disorders 467
Introduction 469
36 Amuk in Java: Madness and Violence in Indonesian Politics 473Byron J. Good and Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good
37 The Political Economy of Trauma in Haiti in the Democratic Era of Insecurity 481Erica James
38 Contract of Mutual (In)Difference: Governance and the Humanitarian Apparatus in Contemporary Albania and Kosovo 496Mariella Pandolfi
39 Darfur through a Shoah Lens: Sudanese Asylum Seekers, Unruly Biopolitical Dramas, and the Politics of Humanitarian Compassion in Israel 505Sarah S. Willen
40 The Elegiac Addict: History, Chronicity, and the Melancholic Subject 522Angela Garcia
Index 540
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"The impressive scope of this wonderful reader, drawing on its editors' immense collective experience, offers a marvelous reframing of the foundational debates in twentieth-century medical anthropology, including both the full range of canonical readings but also several texts that should be canonical. It links these debates to a wide range of contemporary work, serving as much as an introduction to the discipline?s future as to its past." ?Lawrence Cohen, University of California, Berkeley "This collection is distinctive for its range, depth, and most of all for its taste in theoretical ingenuity and the most compelling, memorable writing in contemporary medical anthropology." ?George Marcus, University of California, Irvine "A Reader in Medical Anthropology is uniquely successful in assembling seminal publications representing the century-long history of medical anthropology. It is the first collection to successfully combine the diverse perspectives, epistemologies, and topical interests of contemporary medical anthropology with its intellectual wellsprings." ?Allan Young, McGill University "This collection of classic and innovative essays adds lustre and new, surprising facets to the anthropology of medicine. It crystallizes the most important and compelling cultural analysis of human disease and social suffering, personal trauma, and global insecurity." ?Warwick Anderson, University of Sydney
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"The impressive scope of this wonderful reader, drawing on its editors' immense collective experience, offers a marvelous reframing of the foundational debates in twentieth-century medical anthropology, including both the full range of canonical readings but also several texts that should be canonical. It links these debates to a wide range of contemporary work, serving as much as an introduction to the discipline's future as to its past."
--Lawrence Cohen, University of California, Berkeley
"This collection is distinctive for its range, depth, and most of all for its taste in theoretical ingenuity and the most compelling, memorable writing in contemporary medical anthropology."
--George Marcus, University of California, Irvine
"A Reader in Medical Anthropology is uniquely successful in assembling seminal publications representing the century-long history of medical anthropology. It is the first collection to successfully combine the diverse perspectives, epistemologies, and topical interests of contemporary medical anthropology with its intellectual wellsprings."
--Allan Young, McGill University
"This collection of classic and innovative essays adds lustre and new, surprising facets to the anthropology of medicine. It crystallizes the most important and compelling cultural analysis of human disease and social suffering, personal trauma, and global insecurity."
--Warwick Anderson, University of Sydney
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