Postgraduate Course: Anthropology of Health and Healing (PGSP11071)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Medical Anthropology is concerned with experiences and practices of health, illness, and healing in different social and cultural settings. One of anthropology's most rapidly growing sub-disciplines, medical anthropology explores both traditional healing and modern medical technologies. It looks at how healing forms address both old ills and emerging health problems associated with social change. This course introduces the students to the key issues in medical anthropology and gets them engaged with the field's distinctive perpective on health and healing.
Week 1. What is Medical Anthropology?
Week 2. Key Approaches to Health and Healing
Week 3. Research Methods and Ethics
Week 4. The Body and its Parts
Week 5. Performative Healing
Week 6. Medical Pluralism
Week 7. Really Real Remedies
Week 8. Biopower and biological citizenship
Week 9. Self-care
Week 10. Health and the Politics of Justice
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||Other requirements|| None
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- analyze health and healing from an anthropological perspective
- by reading a range of ethnographies, realize the breadth and scope of the anthropological engagement with medicine and healing
- have an advanced understanding of how the body is constituted as an object of the knowledges and practices of medicine in different cultural contexts
- have an advanced knowledge of non-biomedical forms of healing
- appreciate how different anthropological theories can be applied to issues in health and healing
|Course Textbook |
Lock, M. & Farquhar, J. (Eds). 2007. Beyond the Body Proper: Reading the Anthropology of Material Life. Durham and London: Duke University Press.
Hahn, R. 1995. Sickness and Healing: An Anthropological Perspective. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Helman, C.G. (Ed.). 2007. Culture, Health and Illness: An Introduction for Health Professionals. Fifth Edition. Oxford: Hodder Arnold.
Lock, M. M., & Nguyen, V.-K. 2010. An anthropology of Biomedicine. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Nichter, M. 2008. Global Health: Why Cultural Perceptions, Social Representations, and Biopolitics Matter. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press.
Nichter, M. & Lock, M. (Eds.). 2002. New Horizons in Medical Anthropology: Essays in Honour of Charles Leslie. London: Routledge.
Pool, R. & Geissler, W. 2005. Medical Anthropology. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Samson, C. (Ed.). 1999. Health Studies: A Critical and Cross-Cultural Reader. Oxford: Blackwell.
Saillant, F. & Genest, S. (Eds). 2007. Medical Anthropology: Regional Perspectives and Shared Concerns. Oxford: Blackwell.
Sargent, C.F. & Johnson, T.M. (Eds.). 1996. Medical Anthropology: Contemporary Theory and Method. Revised Edition. Westport, CT: Praeger.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Stefan Ecks
Tel: (0131 6)50 6969
|Course secretary||Mr Benjamin Mcnab
Tel: (0131 6)51 4832