ANTH 371 Fall 2016 Medicine, Pathology, and Power: An Ethnographic View (D) (W)

How do medical anthropologists examine and interpret disease and illness between and within societies across the globe today, in order to elucidate the biosocial determinants of health and health-seeking behaviors? We are particularly interested in how medical anthropologists employ ethnographic techniques such as participant observation and reflexive interviewing that has been described as "deep hanging out". Through experiential and phenomenological inquiries, we will investigate how structural violence produces systemic health inequalities in response to the workings of power and other social factors, while paying particular attention to the most marginalized and vulnerable populations or individuals in society. After reading a selection of medical ethnographies, students will pursue their own individual, fieldwork-based projects in the Berkshires. Our goal is a better understanding of the limits and strengths of ethnographic inquiry as we explore and experience the challenges of medical anthropology research including informed consent, access, and sensitivity to our informants' explanatory models.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: 4 fieldnote papers, in-class writing, 10-minute final presentation
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Prerequisites: none; but course in anthropology or sociology recommended
Enrollment Preference: none but course in ANTH or SOC strongly recommended
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: PHLH Social Determinants of Health,SCST Related Courses
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 1031
ANTH 371 - 01 (F) SEM Medicine, Pathology, Power (D) (W) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Kim Gutschow
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Hollander 040 1031
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