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Wandering the Wards An Ethnography of Hospital Care and its Consequences for People Living with Dementia

Wandering the Wards: An Ethnography of Hospital Care and its Consequences for People Living with Dementia

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Katie Featherstone, Andy Northcott
May 30, 2022

Wandering the Wards provides a detailed and unflinching ethnographic examination of life within the contemporary hospital. It reveals the institutional and ward cultures that inform the organisation and delivery of everyday care for one of the largest populations within them: people living with ...

Negotiating the Pandemic Cultural, National, and Individual Constructions of COVID-19

Negotiating the Pandemic: Cultural, National, and Individual Constructions of COVID-19

1st Edition

Edited By Inayat Ali, Robbie Davis-Floyd
March 31, 2022

This book centers on negotiations around cultural, governmental, and individual constructions of COVID-19. It considers how the coronavirus pandemic has been negotiated in different cultures and countries, with the final part of the volume focusing on South Asia and Pakistan in particular. The ...

Childlessness in Bangladesh Intersectionality, Suffering and Resilience

Childlessness in Bangladesh: Intersectionality, Suffering and Resilience

1st Edition

By Papreen Nahar
October 22, 2021

This book examines the intersectionality and stratified lived experience of rural poor and urban middle-class childless women in Bangladesh. Childless women in Bangladesh, an over-populated country where fertility control is the primary focus of health policy, are all but non-existent. Papreen ...

Treating Heroin Addiction in Norway The Pharmaceutical Other

Treating Heroin Addiction in Norway: The Pharmaceutical Other

1st Edition

By Aleksandra Bartoszko
July 06, 2021

Focusing on the world of Norwegian Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST) in the aftermath of significant reforms, this book casts a critical light on the intersections between medicine and law, and the ideologies infusing the notions of "individual choice" and "patient involvement" in the field of ...

amaXhosa Circumcision Stories of Manhood and Mental Health

amaXhosa Circumcision: Stories of Manhood and Mental Health

1st Edition

By Lauraine M. H. Vivian
April 28, 2021

This book investigates amaXhosa circumcision and the psychological processes involved. Lauraine Vivian employs concepts such as resilience, orthodoxy, broken men, and reciprocity to examine the experiences of men who have developed mental health issues in relation to their initiation into manhood. ...

Actively Dying The Creation of Muslim Identities through End-of-Life Care in the United States

Actively Dying: The Creation of Muslim Identities through End-of-Life Care in the United States

1st Edition

By Cortney Hughes Rinker
December 30, 2020

This book explores the experiences of Muslims in the United States as they interact with the health care system during serious illness and end-of-life care. It shifts "actively dying" from a medical phrase used to describe patients who are expected to pass away soon or who exhibit signs of ...

Affective Health and Masculinities in South Africa An Ethnography of (In)vulnerability

Affective Health and Masculinities in South Africa: An Ethnography of (In)vulnerability

1st Edition

By Hans Reihling
April 20, 2020

Affective Health and Masculinities in South Africa explores how different masculinities modulate substance use, interpersonal violence, suicidality, and AIDS as well as recovery cross-culturally. With a focus on three male protagonists living in very distinct urban areas of Cape Town, this ...

Locating Zika Social Change and Governance in an Age of Mosquito Pandemics

Locating Zika: Social Change and Governance in an Age of Mosquito Pandemics

1st Edition

Edited By Kevin Bardosh
December 11, 2019

The emergence of Zika virus in 2015 challenged conventional ideas of mosquito-borne diseases, tested the resilience of health systems and embedded itself within local sociocultural worlds, with major implications for environmental, sexual, reproductive and paediatric health. This book explores this...

Haemophilia in Aotearoa New Zealand More Than A Bleeding Nuisance

Haemophilia in Aotearoa New Zealand: More Than A Bleeding Nuisance

1st Edition

By Julie Park, Kathryn Scott, Deon York, Michael Carnahan
January 28, 2019

Haemophilia in Aotearoa New Zealand provides a richly detailed analysis of the experience of the bleeding disorder of haemophilia based on longterm ethnographic research. The chapters consider experiences of diagnosis; how parents, children, and adults care and integrate medical routines into ...

The Anthropology of Epidemics

The Anthropology of Epidemics

1st Edition

Edited By Ann H. Kelly, Frédéric Keck, Christos Lynteris
January 28, 2019

Over the past decades, infectious disease epidemics have come to increasingly pose major global health challenges to humanity. The Anthropology of Epidemics approaches epidemics as total social phenomena: processes and events which encompass and exercise a transformational impact on social life ...

Medical Materialities Toward a Material Culture of Medical Anthropology

Medical Materialities: Toward a Material Culture of Medical Anthropology

1st Edition

Edited By Aaron Parkhurst, Timothy Carroll
January 11, 2019

Medical Materialities investigates possible points of cross-fertilisation between medical anthropology and material culture studies, and considers the successes and limitations of both sub-disciplines as they attempt to understand places, practices, methods, and cultures of healing. The editors ...

Diagnosis Narratives and the Healing Ritual in Western Medicine

Diagnosis Narratives and the Healing Ritual in Western Medicine

1st Edition

By James Peter Meza
July 11, 2018

The dominance of "illness narratives" in narrative healing studies has tended to mean that the focus centers around the healing of the individual. Meza proposes that this emphasis is misplaced and the true focus of cultural healing should lie in managing the disruption of disease and death (...

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