Book: Medical Anthropology at the Intersections: Histories, Activisms, and Futures

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Medical Anthropology at the Intersections: Histories, Activisms, and Futures

Edited by Marcia C. Inhorn, the William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, and Emily A. Wentzell

(Duke University Press)

In this collection, prominent scholars who helped to establish medical anthropology as an area of study reflect on the field’s past, present, and future. They demonstrate that medical anthropology has developed dynamically, through its intersections with activism, with other subfields in anthropology, and with disciplines as varied as public health, the biosciences, and studies of race and ethnicity.

Each of the contributors addresses one or more of these intersections. Some trace the evolution of medical anthropology in relation to fields including feminist technoscience, medical history, and international and area studies. Other contributors question the assumptions underlying mental health, global public health, and genetics and genomics, areas of inquiry now central to contemporary medical anthropology. Essays on the field's engagements with disability studies, public policy, and gender and sexuality studies illuminate the commitments of many medical anthropologists to public health and human rights activism.