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Critical Medical Anthropology

Perspectives in and from Latin America

Critical Medical Anthropology presents inspiring new work from scholars engaged with and carrying out ethnographic research in or from Latin America, addressing themes of central importance to contemporary perspectives on Critical Medical Anthropology (CMA). This includes issues of health inequalities, embodiment of history, indigenous health, non-communicable diseases, social justice, gendered violence, migration, substance abuse, reproductive politics and the judicialisation of health. It includes work spanning four countries in Latin America (Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala and Peru) as well as the trans-migratory contexts they connect and are defined by. By drawing on diverse social practices it addresses themes of central relevance to medical anthropology and global health, including reproduction and maternal health, sex work, rare and chronic disease and the use of pharmaceuticals and incorporating questions of agency, identity, reproductive politics, indigenous health, and human rights.

312 pages | 4 halftones | 6.14 x 9.21 | © 2020

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Table of Contents

Preface: Critical Medical Anthropology in Latin America: trends, contributions, possibilities Eduardo Menéndez Introduction Paola Sesia, Jennie Gamlin, Sahra Gibbon and Lina Berrio SECTION ONE: INTERCULTURAL HEALTH. CRITICAL APPROACHES AND CURRENT CHALLENGES 1.     Anthropological engagement and interdisciplinary research: the critical approach in indigenous health in BrazilEsther Jean Langdon and Eliana E. Diehl 2.     Critical anthropologies of maternal health. Theorizing from the field in Mexican indigenous communities  Jennie Gamlin and Lina Rosa Berrio 3.     Susto, the anthropology of fear, and critical medical anthropology in Mexico and Peru David Orr and Frida Jacobo Herrera 4.     Post-coital pharmaceuticals and abortion ambiguity: avoiding unwanted pregnancy using emergency contraception and misoprostol in Lima, Peru  Rebecca Irons SECTION TWO: GLOBALISATION AND CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGES OF BORDER SPACES AND BIOLOGISED DIFFERENCE 5. Migrant trajectories and health experiences. Processes of health/illness/care for drug use among migrants in the Mexico-United States bbrder region Olga Lidia Olivas Hernández 6.     Border spaces: stigma and social vulnerability to HIV-AIDS of Central American male migrants, at the Mexico-Guatemala border Rubén Muñoz, Carmen Fernández Casanueva, Sonia Morales Miranda and Kimberly C. Brouwer7. The ethno-racial basis of chronic diseases. Re-thinking race and ethnicity from a critical epidemiological perspectiveMelania Calestani and Laura Montesi SECTION THREE: POLITICAL ECONOMY AND JUDICALISATION 8.     Consultation rooms annexed to pharmacies: Mexican private, low cost, health service system Rosa María Osorio Carranza9. Naming, framing and shaming through obstetric viloence. An initial approach to the judicialisation of maternal health rights violations in MexicoPaola Sesia 10. Judicialisation and the politics of rare disease in Brazil. Re-thinking activism and inequalities Waleska Aureliano and Sahra Gibbon Afterword: Critical Medical Anthropology in Latin America Claudia FonsecaIndex

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