Lecture 2

Lecture 2 - Anth 8/31/10 Political contexts: ideas,...

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Anth 8/31/10 Political contexts: ideas, decision makers, decision making processes, funding, Cultural Contexts: What changes? What is health? What are we trying to promote? Institutional Contexts: Clinics and hospitals or churches and community groups? Russian Case Study – Women’s health and rights WHO funded by international organization contexts clashed with St. Petersburg health experts Assumptions and Agendas about Post-Soviet change For the West: Triumph of democracy and freedom Introducing democracy through: Shock Therapy – painful therapeutic treatment from illness to health (metaphorical) Big Bang – explosion into a new world Strong Medicine Left sense of starting from scratch with bribery, corruption, incompetent medical system Inflation degraded society, birthrate declined drastically, life expectancy of men fell below 60 Fieldwork done in maternity ward in Russia Socialized with doctors and patients Each organization had different agendas
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