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A Critique of Objectivity in International Health

Arthur Kleinman

in Writing at the Margin

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 1997 | ISBN: 9780520209657
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520919471 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520209657.003.0004
A Critique of Objectivity in International Health

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This chapter takes a look at a critique of objectivity in international health, first studying Amartya Sen's “Objectivity and Position,” which presents an assessment of health and well-being. It then compares reliability with validity and studies the roles of context, interpretation, and the experience of suffering in the knowledge production of ethnographers, also covering the basic values of international health.

Keywords: objectivity; international health; Amartya Sen; well-being; reliability; validity; basic values; context; interpretation; experience of suffering

Chapter.  9692 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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