4_Medicalization and Racial Features - Kaw

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MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY QUARTERLY are symbolic mediums most directly and concretely concerned with the construc- tion of the individual as social actor or cultural subject (Turner 1980). Yet social scientists have only recently focused on the body as a central component of social self-identity (Blacking 1977; Brain 1979; Daly 1978; Lock and Scheper-Hughes 1990; O'Neill 1985; Turner 1987). Moreover, social scientists, and sociocultural anthropologists in particular, have not yet explored the ways in which the body is central to the everyday experience of racial identity. Method and Description of Subjects In this article I present findings of an ongoing ethnographic research project in the San Francisco Bay Area begun in April 1991. I draw on data from structured interviews with physicians and patients, medical literature and newspaper arti- cles, and basic medical statistics. The sample of informants for this research is not random in the strictly statistical sense since informants were difficult to locate. In the United
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This note was uploaded on 10/10/2010 for the course ENG 000121 taught by Professor Mcgrand during the Spring '10 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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