The New Wave of Ethnographies in Medical Anthropology

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:
The New Wave of Ethnographies in Medical Anthropology

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This chapter aims to survey the present phase of medical anthropology through a close reading of recent ethnographies that represent the different approaches to the field, and tries to understand why ethnographies are effective within the area of health and healing. It also studies the process of contributing in the scholarly engagement with the literature, which it considers an important intersubjective practice of participating in the building of an academic field. Ideas such as medicine as a social idiom and medical ethnography are introduced.

Keywords: medical anthropology; recent ethnographies; health and healing; medicine; social idiom; medical ethnography

Chapter.  26302 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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