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A Reader in Medical Anthropology: Theoretical Trajectories, Emergent Realities brings together exemplary articles on the key theoretical approaches in the field of medical anthropology and related science and technology studies. The editors' comprehensive introductions evaluate the historical lineages of this research and its value in addressing critical problems associated with contemporary forms of illness experience. Presents a key selection of both classic and new agenda-setting articles in medical anthropology Provides analytic and historical contextual introductions by leading figures in medical anthropology, medical sociology, and science and technology studies Demonstrates and examines the contribution of medical anthropology to a new global health movement aimed at reshaping international health agendas

Author Biography

Byron J. Good is Professor of Medical Anthropology, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University. Michael M. J. Fischer is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Sarah S. Willen is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University. She has been an NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and has taught in the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University. Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good is Professor of Social Medicine, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and in the Department of Sociology, Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
About the Editorsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Antecedentsp. 7
Introductionp. 9
Massage in Melanesiap. 15
The Notion of Witchcraft Explains Unfortunate Eventsp. 18
Muchona the Hornet, Interpreter of Religionp. 26
The Ojibwa Self and Its Behavioral Environmentp. 38
The Charity Physicianp. 47
The Role of Beliefs and Customs in Sanitation Programsp. 50
Introduction to Asian Medical Systemsp. 55
Medical Anthropology and the Problem of Beliefp. 64
Illness and Narrative, Body and Experiencep. 77
Introductionp. 79
Medicine's Symbolic Reality: On a Central Problem in the Philosophy of Medicinep. 85
Elements of Charismatic Persuasion and Healingp. 91
The Thickness of Being: Intentional Worlds, Strategies of Identity, and Experience Among Schizophrenicsp. 108
The Concept of Therapeutic 'Emplotment'p. 121
Myths/Histories/Livesp. 137
The State Construction of Affect: Political Ethos and Mental Health Among Salvadoran Refugeesp. 143
Struggling Along: The Possibilities for Experience among the Homeless Mentally Illp. 160
Governmentalities and Biological Citizenshipp. 175
Introductionp. 177
Dreaming of Psychiatric Citizenship: A Case Study of Supermax Confinementp. 181
Biological Citizenship: The Science and Politics of Chernobyl-Exposed Populationsp. 199
Human Pharmakon: Symptoms, Technologies, Subjectivitiesp. 213
The Figure of the Abducted Woman: The Citizen as Sexedp. 232
Where Ethics and Politics Meet: The Violence of Humanitarianism in Francep. 245
The Biotechnical Embracep. 263
Introductionp. 265
The Medical Imaginary and the Biotechnical Embrace: Subjective Experiences of Clinical Scientists and Patientsp. 272
Where It Hurts: Indian Material for an Ethics of Organ Transplantationp. 284
"Robin Hood" of Techno-Turkey or Organ Trafficking in the State of Ethical Beingsp. 300
Quest for Conception: Gender, Infertility, and Egyptian Medical Traditionsp. 319
AIDS in 2006: Moving toward One World, One Hope?p. 327
Biosciences, Biotechnologiesp. 331
Introductionp. 333
Dr. Judah Folkman's Decalogue and Network Analysisp. 339
Beyond Nature and Culture: Modes of Reasoning in the Age of Molecular Biology and Medicinep. 345
Immortality, In Vitro: A History of the HeLa Cell Linep. 353
A Digital Image of the Category of the Personp. 367
Experimental Values: Indian Clinical Trials and Surplus Healthp. 377
Global Health, Global Medicinep. 389
Introductionp. 391
Medical Anthropology and International Health Planningp. 394
Anthropology and Global Healthp. 405
Mot Luuk Problems in Northeast Thailand: Why Women's Own Health Concerns Matter as Much as Disease Ratesp. 422
The New Malaise: Medical Ethics and Social Rights in the Global Erap. 437
Humanitarianism as a Politics of Lifep. 452
Postcolonial Disordersp. 467
Introductionp. 469
Amuk in Java: Madness and Violence in Indonesian Politicsp. 473
The Political Economy of 'Trauma' in Haiti in the Democratic Era of Insecurityp. 481
Contract of Mutual (In)Difference: Governance and the Humanitarian Apparatus in Contemporary Albania and Kosovop. 496
Darfur through a Shoah Lens: Sudanese Asylum Seekers, Unruly Biopolitical Dramas, and the Politics of Humanitarian Compassion in Israelp. 505
The Elegiac Addict: History, Chronicity, and the Melancholic Subjectp. 522
Indexp. 540
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