Anthropology of Health


It is intended that at the end of the semester students:
LO1 Know the process of building a field of knowledge in anthropology of health, its major debates and authors with emphasis on recent questions that have emerged in the field of public health.
LO2 Understand the relevance of anthropological research on contemporary phenomena in health issues, acquiring theoretical and methodological instruments that allow them to discuss the complexity of spaces for social interaction and cultural diversity in relation to health and disease processes and treatment in several dimensions of analysis (public policies, practices and meanings of the action and subjectivities).

General characterization





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Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

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Augé, M.;Herzlich, C. (ed.). 1986. Le Sens du Mal. Anthropologie, histoire, sociologi e de la
maladie.Paris:Éditions des Archives Contemporains
Bastos,C;Pereira.,L.;Quintela, M.M. (orgs). 2001. Antropologia da Saúde e da Doença. Etnográfica, V(2)
Good,Marie-Jo e at all(eds),1992.Pain as Human Experience.An anthropological perspective. Berkeley: University of California Press
Kleinman, A. 1995. Writing at the margin. Discourse between Anthropology and Medicine. Berkley: University of California Press
Lock, M.;Nichter,M.(ed). 2002. New Horizons in Medical Anthropology. Essays in Honour of Charles Leslie. London: Routledge
Pussetti,C.;Pereira,L.(org),2009. Os Saberes da Cura. Antropologia da Doença e Práticas Terapêuticas. Lisboa:ISLA
Saillant,F.; Genest, S.(ed),2007,Medical Anthropology.Regional Perspectives and Shared Concerns. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing

Teaching method

Sessions comprehend two moments: lecture with the presentation of general anthropological debates, discussion based on the presentation of texts by students on the issues under review. These ethnografic texts are intended to complement and ilustrate some of the topics covered in the lectures. Ethnographic documentaries can also be presented, followed by discussions.

Evaluation method

Grading is based on the evalution of: a) students´ participation in discussions on the texts presented (20%) b) oral presentation (individual) of texts (30%) c) a final essay (7-9 pages) on one of the topics covered in the course (50%).

Subject matter

CP1. Anthropology of Health - building a field of knowledge: historical perspective and theoretical approaches; CP2. From Ethnomedicines to the anthropology of health: plurality and diversity of ethnographic contexts;
CP3. Systems and therapeutic practices. dialogues and debates between biomedicine and ´alternative medicine´; CP4. Public Health and emerging problems: between health policy and political life;
CP5. Religions, migrants and health: encounters and clashes between medical systems and worldviews;
CP6. Disease, body, pain and suffering: narratives and experiences.


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