Subjectivities and Afflictions in Medical Anthropology
This book addresses through an international lens the experiences of illness, the challenges of care, the politics and biopolitics of health and the ethical dilemmas related to subjectivity and afflictions in current medical care. In an era of biomedical technology and life-prolonging treatments, taking into account the different subjective experiences of illness and suffering is imperative, as is analysing the extent to which different healthcare policies and services are sensitive to the voice and experience of those afflicted. This book is a unique international contribution on subjectivities and afflictions from a medical anthropology perspective. It is significant reading for health professionals and researchers working in medical anthropology, health sociology, cultural psychiatry, and social medicine, among other fields.
Angel Martínez-Hernáez is a Distinguished and ICREA-Academia Professor of Medical Anthropology and Head of the Medical Anthropology Research Centre at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain. He is the author or co-author of more than 30 books and reports and 120 book chapters and articles in journals such as Social Science and Medicine, Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, Medical Anthropology, and BMJ Global Health, among others. His books include What’s behind the Symptom? On Psychiatric Observation and Anthropological Understanding (2000).
Lina Masana holds a PhD in Medical Anthropology, and is a researcher and teacher at the University Rovira i Virgili and the University of Barcelona, Spain. A specialist in ethnographic methodology, qualitative applied health research and analysis of illness narratives, she has authored or co-authored about 40 publications. She has worked extensively on the topic of the experience and management of chronic illnesses (chronicity) and related areas such as disability, dependency, public policies, and global health.
“Revisiting subjectivity as a key topic of medical anthropology is a long-awaited research priority and, finally, we have such a volume right at hand! To capture the complexities of subjectivity, affliction, illness, embodiment and agency are scrutinized at the intersection of not only biomedical institutions but also in relation to key theoretical concepts and developing fields within medicine and medical anthropology. Any reader will be enlightened and urged to know more when presented with this critical crafting of the notion of subjectivity.”
Mette Bech Risør
Professor, Medical Anthropologist, Københavns Universitet, Denmark
“Subjectivities and Afflictions is a cutting-edge collection of value not only to medical anthropology but also to the social and health sciences more broadly. [It is] indispensable reading for researchers and clinicians to enliven contemporary understandings of illness experience.”
Janis H. Jenkins
Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego
“This collection of articles on the subjectivity of illness demonstrates the high value of (com)passionate ethnography for helping us to grasp the true experience of medical conditions. The book is rightfully dedicated to the memory of Susan DiGiacomo who taught us the deepest grounds of suffering in her auto-ethnographic reflections.”
Sjaak van der Geest
Emeritus Professor of Medical Anthropology, University of Amsterdam
“Dedicated to Susan DiGiacomo, this book represents the intersection of critical understandings of the self, the body, illness, and healing, subjects to which she contributed in her own work and that is here presented by her colleagues, collaborators and friends. [It is a] fitting memorial to a serious medical anthropologist, supporter of all things Catalan and remarkable woman.”
Professor of Medical Anthropology and Psychiatry, Harvard University
Ismael E. Apud-Peláez
Thomas J. Csordas
Susan M. DiGiacomo
Josiane Le Gall
Juan Agustín Scuro-Somma
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