Explores theoretical and ethnographic advanced topics in medical anthropology. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Class Description for *Spring* Quarter, 479: Following from the idea that health is never value-neutral, but responds to and produces inclusions and exclusions, this course examines how the fields of medicine and public health shape politics and cultural practice in Latin America—and how the sociopolitics of Latin America, in turn, affect practices of medicine. Using case studies and films from various Latin American countries and contexts, we look at how local explanations for pain and suffering connect to wider political systems, social orders, and standards for citizenship. “Health” serves as an entry point to critically discuss the construction of the Americas, legacies of colonialism in public health policies, politics of race in clinical practice, and the challenges of care practices in environments of inequality.
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