Topics in Medical Anthropology

GMS MA 677

This seminar develops a critique of topics in medical anthropology theory. It revisits significant legacies from classic anthropology, joining them with insights from current theory and ethnography, to analyze selected issues in medical anthropology. The topic for 2015 is Syndemics. The term syndemics points to the determinant importance of social conditions in disease concentrations, interactions, and health consequences. In syndemics, the interaction of diseases or other adverse health conditions commonly arises because of adverse social conditions (e.g., poverty, exploitative, stigmatization, oppressive social relationships) that put socially devalued groups at heightened risk. 3 cr, Spring sem. T,Th 11-12:20

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