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Unformatted text preview: NMED K4220 Narrative, Health, and Social Justice Columbia University Narrative Medicine Masters Degree Program Sayantani DasGupta, MD MPH email@example.com Narrative medicine its practice and scholarship is necessarily concerned with issues of trauma, body, memory, voice, and intersubjectivity. However, to grapple with these issues, we must locate them in their social, cultural, political, and historical contexts. Narrative understanding helps unpack the complex power relations between North and South, state and worker, disabled body and able-body, bread-earner and child- bearer, as well as self and the Other (or, even, selves and others ). If disease, violence, terror, war, poverty and oppression manifest themselves narratively, then resistance, justice, healing, activism, and collectivity can equally be products of a narrative based approach to ourselves and the world. This course will explore the connections between narrative, health, and social justice. In doing so, it broadens the mandate of narrative medicine challenging each of us to bring a critical, self-reflective eye to our scholarship, teaching, practice, and organizing. How are the stories we tell, and are told, manifestations of social injustice? How can we transform such stories into narratives of justice, health, and change? Narrative, Health, and Social Justice will be a seminar and pedagogically, will centralize learner participation and presentation. Texts assigned weekly will be broadly interdisciplinary drawing from literature, feature and documentary films, post-colonial studies, disability studies, sociology, anthropology, psychology, criminology, public health, and trauma studies. A final research paper will be a class requirement. Texts : Readings for this course will be available on courseworks and drawn from the following texts. These books are available at Book Culture (details below), on reserve at Butler Library, and otherwise available through various online booksellers: Book Culture (www.booksite.com) 536 West 112th Street New York, NY 10025-1601 Between Broadway and Amsterdam Map it. Phone - 212-865-1588 Fax - 212-865-2749 1.Butler, Judith. Precarious Life: the Powers of Mourning and Violence. New York: Verso, 2006. 2. Butler, Judith & Spivak, Gayatri Chakrovorty. Who Sings the Nation-State? New York: Seagull, 2007 3. Farmer, Paul. Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights and the New War on the Poor. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005. 4. Kleinman, Arthur, Das, Veena, and Lock, Margaret. Social Suffering. Berkeley, University of California Press, 1997. 5. Members of the ACE Program (AIDS Counseling and Education) of the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility Breaking the Walls of Silence: AIDS and Women in a New York State Maximum Security Prison . New York: Overlook, 1998....
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