Critical Medical Anthropology
Perspectives in and from Latin America
Edited by Jennie Gamlin, Sahra Gibbon, Paola M. Sesia, and Lina Berrío
Critical Medical Anthropology presents inspiring work from scholars doing and engaging with ethnographic research in or from Latin America, addressing themes that are central to contemporary Critical Medical Anthropology (CMA). This includes issues of inequality, embodiment of history, indigeneity, non-communicable diseases, gendered violence, migration, substance abuse, reproductive politics and judicialisation, as these relate to health.
The collection of ethnographically informed research, including original theoretical contributions, reconsiders the broader relevance of CMA perspectives for addressing current global healthcare challenges from and of Latin America. It includes work spanning four countries in Latin America (Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala and Peru) as well as the trans-migratory contexts they connect and are defined by. By drawing on diverse social practices, it addresses challenges of central relevance to medical anthropology and global health, including reproduction and maternal health, sex work, rare and chronic diseases, the pharmaceutical industry and questions of agency, political economy, identity, ethnicity, and human rights.
'Critical Medical Anthropology offers thought-provoking interventions to understandings of health, illness and healthcare. It extends a legacy of critical anthropological research, inviting and stimulating south-north dialogue, while generating inspiring new thinking at the intersections of health, social justice, human rights and political economy.'- Ciara Kierans, University of Liverpool
Jennie Gamlin is Senior Wellcome Trust Fellow at the UCL Institute for Global Health. She works on decolonising gender and global health and critical theories of violence in Latin America.
Lina Berrio is Associate Professor of Medical Anthropology at CIESAS, Mexico. She works on reproductive and maternal health in indigenous and afrodescendant population.
Paola M. Sesia is Professor of Medical Anthropology at CIESAS, Mexico, and works on reproductive, maternal and indigenous health from a social justice and rights perspective.
Sahra Gibbon is Associate Professor in Medical Anthropology at UCL Anthropology. She works on the social and cultural aspects of developments in genomics and public health in the UK, Cuba and Brazil.
Preface: Critical medical anthropology in Latin America: Trends, contributions, possibilities
Paola M. Sesia, Jennie Gamlin, Sahra Gibbon and Lina Berrio
Part I: Intercultural health: Critical approaches and current challenges
1. Anthropological engagement and interdisciplinary research: The critical approach in indigenous health in Brazil
Esther Jean Langdon and Eliana E. Diehl
2. Critical anthropologies of maternal health: Theorising from the field in Mexican indigenous communities
3. Susto, the anthropology of fear, and critical medical anthropology in Mexico and Peru
4. Post-coital pharmaceuticals and abortion ambiguity: Avoiding unwanted pregnancy using emergency contraception and misoprostol in Lima, Peru
Part II: Globalisation and contemporary challenges of border spaces and biologised difference
5. Migrant trajectories and health experiences: Processes of health/illness/care for drug use among migrants in the Mexico-United States bbrder region
Olga Lidia Olivas Hernández
Rubén Muñoz, Carmen Fernández Casanueva, Sonia Morales Miranda and Kimberly C. Brouwer
7. The ethno-racial basis of chronic diseases: Re-thinking race and ethnicity from a critical epidemiological perspective
Melania Calestani and Laura Montesi
Part III: Political economy and judicialisation
8. Consultation rooms annexed to pharmacies: The Mexican private, low cost, health service system
Rosa María Osorio Carranza
9. Naming, framing and shaming through obstetric viloence: A critical approach to the judicialisation of maternal health rights violations in Mexico
Paola M. Sesia
10. Judicialisation and the politics of rare disease in Brazil: Re-thinking activism and inequalities
Waleska Aureliano and Sahra Gibbon
Critical Medical Anthropology offers thought-provoking interventions to understandings of health, illness and healthcare. It extends a legacy of critical anthropological research, inviting and stimulating south-north dialogue, while generating inspiring new thinking at the intersections of health, social justice, human rights and political economy.- Ciara Kierans, University of Liverpool
Size: 234 × 156 mm
4 B&W illustrations Illustrations
4 B&W illustrations
Copyright: © 2020
Publication: March 05, 2020
Series: Embodying Inequalities: Perspectives from Medical Anthropology