Nelli Sargsyan's email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Iain Haukka's email: email@example.com
People conceptualize health, illness, and healing processes differently based on their cultural knowledge and experiences in the society in which they live. Given this, in this course we will examine social suffering, the multiplicity of systems of healing, and medical practices to gain a richer understanding of the different ways of conceptualizing and experiencing health, wellbeing, illness, and healing cross-culturally. After we examine the ways culture affects human health, we will look into the ways that different diseases and epidemics point to an uneven distribution of power and resources across time and space. We will also examine how different technologies change biocultural and social practices over time. We will enter into our cross-cultural examination of these issues from varied ethnographically-grounded anthropological perspectives that point to the complex ways in which biological, environmental, cultural, political, and economic processes intersect. Plan student Iain Haukka will be a co-teacher of this course.
Main Textbook: Reader in MedicalAnthropology: Theoretical Trajectories, Emergent Realities(2010), edited by Byron J. Good, Michael M. J. Fischer, Sarah S. Willen, and Mary-Jo Del Vecchio Good. Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 978-1-4051-8314-7. You can purchase the book here.