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Disrupting medical anthropology: Views from Kenya and Cameroon on how to build a more inclusive discipline

Medical anthropologists often strive to disrupt typical public health and medical discourses, in part by questioning the broader applicability of individualized psychological concepts and biomedical diagnoses outside of the small, privileged Western circles from which these constructs originate (Henrich et al. 2010). However, within our own discipline, access to theoretical innovations and conversations remain decidedly siloed and one-sided. Scholars have …

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Working in a Fracture Zone: Learning to Research Mental Health from Multiple Cultures

We are an ensemble cast. As such, it is perhaps appropriate that one of the first places where we all came together as a team had at one point been a set for a Canadian television show. Now the buildings are owned by the First Nations, an Anishinaabek community, with whom we were partnered. We came together through a series …

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Introduction: Working Definitions: Making and Unmaking “Medical Anthropology” around the World

Anthropology’s interest in health, illness, prevention, and treatment is longstanding and increasingly robust. In this era of medical development, epidemics and pandemics, and debates in both the oft-called “Global North” and “Global South” over anthropology, colonialism, and associated prefixes (post-, neo-, de-), the constellation of theory and praxis known as medical anthropology has traveled fast and far. In this Somatosphere