Oral Presentation Session
Reviewed by: Society for Medical Anthropology
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists
Primary Theme: Health
Secondary Theme: Inequality
This panel documents the value of ethnography in community and institutional settings of care. In doing so, it examines how formal and informal networks of care form under social and economic inequalities. Furthermore, it highlights the tensions that arise due to different understandings of what care is and how it should be practiced. Our panel seeks to elucidate the role anthropologists play as cultural brokers who help others resist, adapt, and/or bridge dissimilar perspectives and systems of care. We hope to highlight anthropology’s emerging role in public health and other applied social sciences.
Some of the questions our panel will grapple with include what counts as a system of care? How do individuals and groups navigate and construct systems of care? How is care provided when healthcare systems are fragmented, impoverished, or totally absent? How does the bureaucratic logic of institutional care complement or challenge local understandings of care, and how might one kind of logic fundamentally transform the other?