Reviewed by: Society for Medical Anthropology
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Students
Primary Theme: Health
Secondary Theme: Inequality
This roundtable will review the history, achievements and challenges of Critical Medical Anthropology as an anthropological approach to domestic and global health with the explicit aim of promoting social justice. The session asks what might be the most constructive directions for the future? As a theoretical framework which includes both engagement and critique, Critical Medical Anthropology is a crucial player in the development of a medical anthropology that traces the ethnographic intersections and real life dilemmas for people's health with respect to cities, labor, colonialism and the hidden injuries of class, race and gender. The effort is also to focus on the way people work to understand, resist and change these conditions over time and place. What are the crucial questions today in the face of increasing environmental disasters and global warming in addition to finance capitalism, ongoing inequalities and the growth of right-wing movements? How might medical anthropology best tackle these issues and contribute to progressive social change?