Spring 2014

Medical Anthropology

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-245

Formerly listed as: ANTH-45

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Faculty

Christopher T. Dole (Section 01)

Description

The aim of this course is to introduce the ways that medical anthropologists understand illness, suffering, and healing as taking shape amidst a complex interplay of biological, psychological, social, political-economic, and environmental processes.  The course is designed to engage a broad range of medical anthropology topics, theoretical approaches, and research techniques by examining case studies concerned with such issues as chronic illness and social suffering, ritual and religious forms of healing, illness and inequality, medicalization, the global AIDS crisis, the social life of new medical technologies, and the politics of global health and humanitarian intervention.  A basic premise of the course is that an understanding of illness, health, and the body requires an understanding of the contexts in which they are experienced, contexts contingently shaped by interwoven processes of local, national, and global significance.  Particular emphasis will thus be placed on ethnographic approaches to the lived context in which illness and other forms of suffering are experienced, narrated, and addressed.  Our focus will be comparative, treating illness, suffering, and healing in a range of societies and settings--from Haiti to China, from urban Brazil to rural Nepal, from the townships of South Africa to genetic labs in the United States.

Limited to 30 students. Spring semester.  Professor C. Dole.

If Overenrolled: priority will be given to seniors and majors

Offerings

2014-15: Offered in Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Spring 2014
 

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