ANTH 1002 3-9-11

ANTH 1002 3-9-11 - 3/9/11 SocioculturalAnthropology:

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3/9/11 Sociocultural Anthropology: Emily Martin’s “Women in the Body” Introduces a few themes including: o Anthropology of science and medicine o Anthropology of health and illness o Anthropology of gender  including feminist anthropology You would be forced to see that she is critical of the structures of child birth and the structures of medical  establishments which end up shaping women’s’ image of their body Fukau said that power is capillary it flows everywhere Emily Martin is saying let’s see how we are subjects of power in different institutions o We come to see the experience of the woman through a particular form of technology o The fact that we think this monitor is reflecting her human experience is what Martin is critical of We see technology as true and the human being as irrelevant Medical Anthropology Medical anthropology looks at power in medicine  Robust subfield of sociocultural anthropology that started under a different name o Ethno-medicine Addresses notion of illness and illness behavior as social category Sees illness name as not something that is necessarily true but what a society calls a particular set of  symptoms at a particular point in time Looks at how society categorizes and classifies different illnesses And different causes of illness
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EX: In Caribbean there are illness of god and illness of men EX: in Africa there are hot and cold illness and are treated differently with hot and cold  temperatures EX: One of the very early anthropologists (Radin) in 1912 wrote about shamans o They would have seizures and he thought they were someone who had seizures or epilepsy They were seen as someone who is a medicine man It wasn’t a disease because there was a place for it in their society Within Ethno medicine there are many diseases which are culture-bound disorders EX: susto, Brain fag in Nigeria, Latah, amok in north west coast/arctic (hysteria), koro in China 
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ANTH 1002 3-9-11 - 3/9/11 SocioculturalAnthropology:

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