scispace - formally typeset
Search or ask a question
JournalISSN: 1364-8470

Anthropology & Medicine 

Taylor & Francis
About: Anthropology & Medicine is an academic journal published by Taylor & Francis. The journal publishes majorly in the area(s): Medical anthropology & Health care. It has an ISSN identifier of 1364-8470. Over the lifetime, 655 publications have been published receiving 11423 citations. The journal is also known as: Anthropology.

More filters
Journal ArticleDOI
TL;DR: The theoretical underpinnings of cultural epidemiology and an operational formulation for examining patterns of distress, perceived causes, and help-seeking are discussed and next steps for cultural Epidemiology in mental health research are discussed.
Abstract: Although the value of interdisciplinary collaboration between epidemiology and anthropology is both widely acknowledged and hotly contested, effective international health policy and multicultural health programmes require it. The EMIC framework for cultural studies of illness was developed in response to such needs, and a cultural epidemiology emerged from that framework as an interdisciplinary field of research on locally valid representations of illness and their distributions in cultural context. These representations are specified by variables, descriptions, and narrative accounts of illness experience, its meaning, and associated illness behaviour. Specialized interactive qualitative and quantitative research methods provide a descriptive account, facilitate comparisons, and clarify the cultural basis of risk, course, and outcomes of practical significance for clinical practice and public health. This paper discusses the theoretical underpinnings of cultural epidemiology and an operational formulati...

246 citations

Journal ArticleDOI
TL;DR: The concept of reproductive governance can be applied to other settings in order to understand shifting political rationalities within the domain of reproduction.
Abstract: This paper develops the concept of reproductive governance as an analytic tool for tracing the shifting political rationalities of population and reproduction. As advanced here, the concept of reproductive governance refers to the mechanisms through which different historical configurations of actors - such as state, religious, and international financial institutions, NGOs, and social movements - use legislative controls, economic inducements, moral injunctions, direct coercion, and ethical incitements to produce, monitor, and control reproductive behaviours and population practices. Examples are drawn from Latin America, where reproductive governance is undergoing a dramatic transformation as public policy conversations are coalescing around new moral regimes and rights-based actors through debates about abortion, emergency contraception, sterilisation, migration, and assisted reproductive technologies. Reproductive discourses are increasingly framed through morality and contestations over 'rights', where rights-bearing citizens are pitted against each other in claiming reproductive, sexual, indigenous, and natural rights, as well as the 'right to life' of the unborn. The concept of reproductive governance can be applied to other settings in order to understand shifting political rationalities within the domain of reproduction.

227 citations

Journal ArticleDOI
TL;DR: This paper explores the relations between medicines and marginality with reference to the marketing of antidepressant drugs in Kolkata (Calcutta), India, and asks if pharmacological demarginalization holds the same promise in the Indian context that it holds in the West.
Abstract: Among practitioners of biomedicine, to speak of people as ‘marginalized’ often amounts to saying that they do not have access to medical substances. Thus conceived, the best way to remove marginality seems to be to give medicines to those deprived of them. The peculiar relationship between marginality and pharmaceuticals is especially poignant in the case of antidepressant drugs, as these drugs appear to bring the patient ‘back into society’, but not any society, but middle-class consumer society. What is now special about antidepressants is that there is nothing special about them: antidepressants are like consumer items among thousands of other consumer items. This paper explores the relations between medicines and marginality with reference to the marketing of antidepressant drugs in Kolkata (Calcutta), India. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in the Kolkata metropolitan area from July 1999 to December 2000 and in August/September 2003, this paper examines how people with depression are constituted as ...

179 citations

Journal ArticleDOI
TL;DR: Spitting Blood is an engaging book that offers readers a deep insight into a disease that has dramatically shaped the human cultural landscape.
Abstract: In Fresh Fruit and Broken Bodies, Seth Holmes, a medical doctor and anthropologist, provides deep ethnographic illustration and analysis of the different layers on which structural violence operate...

174 citations

Journal ArticleDOI
TL;DR: An approach following from the application of cultural epidemiological methods for identifying and measuring locally valid features of stigma in a scale for cultural study, cross-cultural comparisons, and for baseline and follow-up assessment to monitor stigma reduction programmes is described.
Abstract: Public responses to depression have a powerful effect on patients' personal experience of illness, the course and outcome of the illness, and their ability to obtain gainful employment. Mental illness-related stigma reduction has become a priority, and to be effective, it requires innovative and effective public mental health interventions informed by a clear understanding of what stigma means. Based on Goffman's formulation as spoiled identity, local concepts of stigma were validated and compared in clinical cultural epidemiological studies of depression in Bangalore, India, and London, England, using the EMIC, an instrument for studying illness-related experience, its meaning, and related behaviour. Similar indicators were validated in both centres, and the internal consistency was examined to identify those that contributed to a locally coherent concept and scale for stigma. Qualitative meaning of specific features of stigma at each site was clarified from patients' prose narrative accounts. Concerns a...

139 citations

No. of papers from the Journal in previous years