Critical medical anthropology

M Singer, H Baer

Published : 1996


This book provides an introduction and overview to the critical perspective as it has evolved in medical anthropology over the last 10 yr. Standing as an opposition approach to conventional medical anthropology, critical medical anthropology has emphasized the importance of political and economy forces, including the exercise of power, in shaping health, disease, illness experience, and health care. Since its emergence in the early 1980s, this perspective has struggled to move medical anthropology away from its service sector subordination to biomedicine toward a more holistic understanding of the causes of sickness, the classist, racist, and sexist functions of biomedicine, the interrelatio..

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