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Medical Anthropology and World System

Medical Anthropology and World System - 97 edition

Medical Anthropology and World System - 97 edition

ISBN13: 9780897895392

ISBN10: 0897895398

Medical Anthropology and World System by Hans A. Baer, Merrill Singer and Ida Susser - ISBN 9780897895392
Edition: 97
Copyright: 1997
Publisher: Bergin & Garvey
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Medical Anthropology and World System by Hans A. Baer, Merrill Singer and Ida Susser - ISBN 9780897895392

ISBN13: 9780897895392

ISBN10: 0897895398

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Summary

Medical anthropology is one of the youngest and most dynamic of the various subdisciplines within anthropology. Critical medical anthropology has evolved into one of the major perspectives through which faculty and students study the field. It examines health-related issues in precapitalist indigenous and state societies, capitalist societies, and postrevolutionary of socialist-oriented societies. While critical medical anthropology draws heavily on neo-Marxian, critical, and world systems theoretical perspectives, it attempts to incorporate the theoretical contributions of other systems in medical anthropology, including biocultural or medical ecology, ethnomedical approaches, cultural constructivism, poststructuralism, and postmodernism. This is the first textbook to incorporate this perspective.

The first part provides the reader with a discussion of the central concepts in, and the development and scope of, medical anthropology, as well as the critical perspective employed. The second part explores health and the environment as well as the social origins of specific health problems. The diversity of medical systems in different societies is highlighted in the third part. Finally, part four argues for a merger of theory and social action.

Author Bio

Baer, Hans A. : Arizona State University Main

Hans A. Baer is in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona State in Tempe, Arizona.

Singer, Merrill : University of Connecticut

Merrill Singer is Deputy Director of the Hispanic Health Council in Hartford, Connecticut, and teaches at the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University.

Susser, Ida : City University of New York Hunter College

Ida Susser is Professor of Anthropology at Hunter College, City University of New York.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface

What Is Medical Anthropology About?
Central Concepts in and the Development of Medical Anthropology
Theoretical Perspectives in Medical Anthropology
The Social Origins of Disease and Suffering
Health and the Environment: The Global System of Destruction
Hunger, Malnutrition, and Homelessness
Legal Addictions: Demon in a Bottle
Legal Addictions: Up in Smoke
Illicit Drugs: Self-Medicating the Hidden Injuries of Oppression
AIDS: A Disease of the Global System
Medical Systems in Social Context
Medical Systems in Indigenous and Pre-Capitalist State Societies
Biomedical Hegemony in the Context of Medical Pluralism
Towards an Equitable and Healthy Global System
The Pursuit of Health as a Human Right: Health Praxis and the Struggle for a Healthy World

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Index

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