Advances in Critical Medical Anthropology

Series Editors:

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.


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.

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

    Social Justice and Medical Practice

    Life History of a Physician of Social Medicine

    By Merrill Singer, Rebecca Allen

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-12-20 
    Routledge
    Advances in Critical Medical Anthropology

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

    Thinking Through Resistance

    A study of public oppositions to contemporary global health practice

    Edited by Nicola Bulled

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-03-03
    Routledge
    Advances in Critical Medical Anthropology

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

    Health Policy in a Time of Crisis

    Abortion, Austerity, and Access

    By Bayla Ostrach

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-01-24
    Routledge
    Advances in Critical Medical Anthropology

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

    Syndemic Suffering

    Social Distress, Depression, and Diabetes among Mexican Immigrant Wome

    By Emily Mendenhall

    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…

    Paperback – 2013-08-31
    Routledge
    Advances in Critical Medical Anthropology

  • Drug Effects: Khat in Biocultural and Socioeconomic Perspective book cover

    Drug Effects

    Khat in Biocultural and Socioeconomic Perspective

    By Lisa Gezon

    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…

    Paperback – 2012-02-01
    Routledge
    Advances in Critical Medical Anthropology

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

    The Healthy Ancestor

    Embodied Inequality and the Revitalization of Native Hawai’ian Health

    By Juliet McMullin

    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,…

    Paperback – 2010-08-31
    Routledge
    Advances in Critical Medical Anthropology

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

    Global Warming and the Political Ecology of Health

    Emerging Crises and Systemic Solutions

    By Hans Baer, Merrill Singer

    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…

    Paperback – 2008-11-15
    Routledge
    Advances in Critical Medical Anthropology