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Title: Medical anthropology
Description: This course introduces students to the central concepts and methods of medical anthropology. Drawing on a number of classic and contemporary texts, we will consider both the specificity of local medical cultures and the processes which increasingly link these systems of knowledge and practice. We will study the social and political economic shaping of illness and suffering and will examine medical and healing systems – including biomedicine – as social institutions and as sources of epistemological authority. Topics covered will include the problem of belief; local theories of disease causation and healing efficacy; the placebo effect and contextual healing; theories of embodiment; medicalization; structural violence; modernity and the distribution of risk; the meanings and effects of new medical technologies; and global health.
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Name: Eugene Raikhel
Email: eraikhel@uchicago.edu
Online Course: No
Affiliation: Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago
Field: Cultural
Material Type: Syllabus
Course Level: Introductory
Student Type: Graduate,Undergraduate
Class Size: 20-50
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