Fall 2008

Medical Anthropology

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-45


Christopher T. Dole (Section 01)


The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the major theoretical orientations and themes animating contemporary medical anthropology. The general focus of the course will be on how one is to frame “illness,” “health,” “healing,” and “medicine” as objects of cultural and critical analysis. In addition to addressing several distinct domains of inquiry-cultural constructions of illness, medicine as a cultural system, social suffering, technology, gender, development, the social origins of distress-the course is also organized around a series of debates that have been highly influential in the development of medical anthropology as a field of inquiry. Fall semester. Professor C. Dole.