Knowledge, Power and Practice The Anthropology of Medicine and Everyday Life

ISBN-10: 0520077857
ISBN-13: 9780520077850
Edition: 1993
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List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/4/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 444
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

These original essays, which combine theoretical argument with empirical observation, constitute a state-of-the-art platform for future research in medical anthropology. Ranging in time and locale, the essays are based on research in historical and cultural settings. The contributors accept the notion that all knowledge is socially and culturally constructed and examine the contexts in which that knowledge is produced and practiced in medicine, psychiatry, epidemiology, and anthropology. Professionals in behavioral medicine, public health, and epidemiology as well as medical anthropologists will find their insights significant.

Shirley Lindenbaum is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at the CUNY-Graduate Center, New York.

Preface
The Cultural Construction of Childbirth
Traditional Birth Attendants in Rural North India: The Social Organization of Childbearing
Analysis of a Dialogue on Risks in Childbirth: Clinicians, Epidemiologists, and Inuit Women
Accounting for Amniocentesis
The Production of Medical Knowledge
"Learning Medicine": The Constructing of Medical Knowledge at Harvard Medical School
A Description of How Ideology Shapes Knowledge of a Mental Disorder (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder)
The Shape of Action: Practice in Public Psychiatry
Contested Knowledge and Modes of Understanding
Lay Medical Knowledge in an African Context
Biomedical Psychiatry as an Object for a Critical Medical Anthropology
Double Standards of Treatment Evaluation
Risk: Anthropological and Epidemiological Narratives of Prevention
Constructing the Illness Experience
Identity, Disability, and Schizophrenia: The Problem of Chronicity
Social Aspects of Chagas Disease
Body Politics - Past and Present
The Diseased Heart of Africa: Medicine, Colonialism, and the Black Body
The Politics of Mid-Life and Menopause: Ideologies for the Second Sex in North America and Japan
The Biopolitics of Postmodern Bodies: Determinations of Self in Immune System Discourse
Contributors
Index

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