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Critical Medical Anthropology

2nd Edition

By Merrill Singer, Hans Baer


406 pages

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The purpose of this book is to provide an introduction and overview to the critical perspective as it has evolved in medical anthropology over the last ten years. Standing as an opposition approach to conventional medical anthropology, critical medical anthropology has emphasized the importance of political and economy forces, including the exercise of power, in shaping health, disease, illness experience, and health care.

Table of Contents

SECTION A: Orientation


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

About the Authors

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.

About the Series

Critical Approaches in the Health Social Sciences Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health