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Study Guide for Midterm

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Study Guide for Midterm ANTH 162

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Study guide of all material covered so far for upcoming midterm 2/8.
Medical Anthropology
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Date Created: 01/31/16
Introduction to Medical Anthropology Study Guide for Midterm 2/8 Social determinants of health: • Access to power, money and resources • Conditions of life • The circumstances in which people are growing • Where you were born, live and age • Racism • Sexism • Access to healthy food • Laws • Culture • Access to education • Safety in neighborhood • Religion Disease vs. Illness Illness Disease The experience of the disease • Pathology • • Physiological disorder or abnormality • Shared sociocultural understanding of disease including treatment and • Universal or same across countries meaning • Different across cultures and throughout time Anthropological Aspects • Health permeates the domains of politics, economics, and religion • Laws may restrict or facilitate health care • What is the cost of health care? Do religion beliefs shape health care? • “Health is almost always connected with dimensions that go beyond the body, including social relationships” Ethnography • Method: - Immersion in the daily experiences of an entire cultural group • Ethnographers study behaviors, language, values/beliefs and social interactions of cultural group members • Procedures: - Identify a cultural group of interest with a common culture as expressed by shared language, background, and attitudes “Idioms of Distress” • Semantic meaning of illness or the way we talk about & understand illness Can be formal or informal • • The language reveals much about our concepts of health, healing, and illness Social Conditions as Fundamental Causes of Disease • Public health interventions: - Public outreach programs to alter individual behavior • Difference between proximate and distal risks: Proximate Distal • Individual behavior • Social causes • Examples: smoking, poor food choices, • Examples: poverty, race, risky sexual behavior gender, envir. causes, access to healthy food What Puts People at Risk for Risk? • Structure vs. Agency Structure Agency • Social landscape • Capacity for choice • “Free will” • Racism • Individual choice • Class inequality • Violence at home • Gender inequality Interventions • Behavioral and Structural • Behavioral: “Youneed to change” • Structural: “Change the community in order to help the individual” Health Disparities by Race and Class • Health Disparities: - Difference in the health status of people across different racial, ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic groups • Health tends to be worse among: - Poor - Minorities - Lower class - Queer gender identification or sexuality • “Race divides people with common class interests, so they are less likely to struggle together” “Fresh Fruit, Broken Bones” • Realist Ethnography - Traditional approach - Emphasis on “objectivity” and pretending there’s an anthropologist in the field who may have an effect on events - Thick description of “facts” observed in the field • Critical Ethnography - More advocacy based responding to social conditions of inequality - Giving people a voice - Challenging the status quo • Migration - Push factor: poverty and racism - Pull factor: Social networks and economic opportunity • Migrants vs. Refugees Migrants Refugees • Voluntary • Forced • Often seeking economic opportunity • Political, religious, or cultural • Host country does not want to provide violence special benefits • Host country feels a moral obligation to support the people • Major arguments of the book: - Anthropologists and public health professionals need to reframe suffering, death and risk - Need to focus on legal and political conditions - If risk and blame are individualized, solution will pertain to individual “Violence Continuum” • Direct political violence: - Targeted individuals administered by officials • Structural violence: - Social inequalities and hierarchies like class, race, gender & sexuality • Symbolic violence: - Naturalization and internationalization of social asymmetries - Feeling “out of place” - Social order including hierarchies appear natural - Symbolic violence acts within the process of perception, “outside the mind” • Everyday violence: - Normalized levels produce a common sense of violence and humiliation


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