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Advances in Critical Medical Anthropology


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This book series advances our understanding of the complex and rapidly changing landscape of health, disease, and treatment around the world with original and innovative books in the spirit of critical medical anthropology that exemplify and extend its theoretical and empirical dimensions. Books in the series address topics across the broad range of subjects addressed by medical anthropologists and other scholars and practitioners working at the intersections of social science and medicine.

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Social Justice and Medical Practice: Life History of a Physician of Social Medicine

Social Justice and Medical Practice: Life History of a Physician of Social Medicine

Merrill Singer, Rebecca Allen
December 14, 2017

How do we understand and respond to the pressing health problems of modern society? Conventional practice focuses on the assessment and clinical treatment of immediate health issues presented by individual patients. In contrast, social medicine advocates an equal focus on the assessment and social...

Thinking Through Resistance: A study of public oppositions to contemporary global health practice

Thinking Through Resistance: A study of public oppositions to contemporary global health practice

Nicola Bulled
March 03, 2017

Acts of public defiance towards biomedical public health policies have occurred throughout modern history, from resistance to early smallpox vaccines in 19th-century Britain and America to more recent intransigence to efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in Central and West Africa. Thinking...

Health Policy in a Time of Crisis: Abortion, Austerity, and Access

Health Policy in a Time of Crisis: Abortion, Austerity, and Access

Bayla Ostrach
January 24, 2017

Health Policy in a Time of Crisis is a vivid ethnographic account of women and providers navigating the Catalan health system to obtain and provide publicly funded abortion care. Grounded in critical medical anthropology, the book situates access to publicly funded abortion care in the context of...

Syndemic Suffering: Social Distress, Depression, and Diabetes among Mexican Immigrant Wome

Syndemic Suffering: Social Distress, Depression, and Diabetes among Mexican Immigrant Wome

Emily Mendenhall
August 31, 2013

In a major contribution to the study of diabetes, this book is the first to analyze the disease through a syndemic framework. An innovative, mixed-methods study, Emily Mendenhall shows how adverse social conditions, such as poverty and oppressive relationships, disproportionately stress certain...

Drug Effects: Khat in Biocultural and Socioeconomic Perspective

Drug Effects: Khat in Biocultural and Socioeconomic Perspective

Lisa Gezon
February 01, 2012

Khat, marijuana, peyote—are these dangerous drugs or vilified plants with rich cultural and medical values? In this book, Lisa Gezon brings the drug debate into the 21st century, proposing criteria for evaluating psychotropic substances. Focusing on khat, whose bushy leaves are an increasingly...

The Healthy Ancestor: Embodied Inequality and the Revitalization of Native Hawai’ian Health

The Healthy Ancestor: Embodied Inequality and the Revitalization of Native Hawai’ian Health

Juliet McMullin
August 31, 2010

Native Americans, researchers increasingly worry, are disproportionately victims of epidemics and poor health because they “fail” to seek medical care, are “non-compliant” patients, or “lack immunity” enjoyed by the “mainstream” population. Challenging this dominant approach to indigenous health,...

Global Warming and the Political Ecology of Health: Emerging Crises and Systemic Solutions

Global Warming and the Political Ecology of Health: Emerging Crises and Systemic Solutions

Hans Baer, Merrill Singer
November 15, 2008

In this groundbreaking, global analysis of the relationship between climate change and human health, Hans Baer and Merrill Singer inventory and critically analyze the diversity of significant and sometimes devastating health implications of global warming. Using a range of theoretical tools from...

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