10.01.09 - MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY 272 SCHEPER-HUGHES • THE...

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Unformatted text preview: MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY 272 01/10/2009 SCHEPER-HUGHES • THE QUESTION: “what is revealed adn what is concealed in our commonsense perceptions of reality?” o Whose interests are being served? o Whose needs are being ignored? • Diseases like child-illness and nervos are not as simple and straightforward as they seem • NERVOS: How have the people come to describe themselves as nervos, not hungry, as weak as opposed to exploited. Come to be a catch-all phrase for describing distress of any sort, bodily expression of distress. Nervos acts as one level of critique, less potent than hunger, and more easily medicalized, of a social relationship. • Medicalization of the disease of “nervos” allows for the society to ignore the root causes of the illness; hunger, exhaustion, lack of independence, and to treat the illness in a way that • WILEY(363): “these conditions are characterized by patterns of aberrant behaviour or troubling individual experience, which are considered to be “illnesses” within a culture or...
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