Emily Mendenhall’s Syndemic Suffering

Syndemic Suffering:
Social Distress, Depression, and Diabetes Among Mexican Immigrant Women

By Emily Mendenhall

Left Coast Press Inc., 2012
Hardcover, 145 pages
US $28.45

In Syndemic Suffering, Emily Mendenhall explores the interactive relationship between myriad forms of violence, social suffering, and chronic disease, including diabetes and depression. Positioned between public health and critical medical anthropology, Mendenhall offers a comprehensive …

FeaturesTeaching Resources

Videos of “Cultural Psychiatry: A Critical Introduction”

As I’ve written about on this site before, one of the best short programs for anyone interested in culture and mental health is the Summer School in Social and Cultural Psychiatry held annually at McGill.  The course at the center of the curriculum is “Cultural Psychiatry: A Critical Introduction” which consists primarily of lectures by Laurence Kirmayer, Allan Young

In the Journals

Special Journal Issue: Body & Society — Medical Migrations: Global Quests for Health and Life

The current issue of Body and Society (June/September 2011), entitled “Medical Migrations: Global Quests for Health and Life,” is one of several special issues out this month.

Elizabeth F.S. Roberts and Nancy Scheper-Hughes give us a sense of the breadth of medical migrations in their introduction:

This special issue of Body & Society brings together articles that describe contemporary forms


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Immigration and Cultural Diversity at the University of Chicago

We don’t typically post job announcements here, but this one is a postdoctoral fellowship in my department and the deadline is very soon — so we’re trying to get the word out however possible.  Please feel free to circulate this announcement to colleagues.

The Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago invites applications for a two-year appointment
Web Roundups

New medical anthropology blogs

A couple of new medical anthropology blogs have been launched recently.

The SMA has started up “Voices from Medical Anthropology” — which aims to foster discussions on disciplinary self-definition.  In a recent post, SMA president Carolyn Sargent asks “Who are we in the public imagination?” and asks readers to comment on how they explain their work to non-anthropologists.  Additionally, she