Medical Anthropology | Book Series

2018-

Medical Anthropology

Health, Inequality,
and Social Justice

Book Series

Lenore Manderson
Rutgers University Press

The Series

Books in the Medical Anthropology series are concerned with social patterns of and social responses to ill health, disease, and suffering, and how social exclusion and social justice shape health and healing outcomes. The series is designed to reflect the diversity of contemporary medical anthropological research and writing, and will offer scholars a forum to publish work that showcases the theoretical sophistication, methodological soundness, and ethnographic richness of the field.

Books in the series may include studies on the organisation and movement of peoples, technologies, and treatments, how inequalities pattern access to these, and how individuals, communities and states respond to various assaults on wellbeing, including from illness, disaster, and violence.

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MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY:
HEALTH INEQUALITY, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Series Editor: Lenore Manderson
Executive Editor: Kimberley Guinta.

Titles

Pathogenic Policing:
Immigration Enforcement and Health in the U.S. South
By Nolan Kline

Infected Kin Orphan Care and AIDS in Lesotho
By Ellen Block, Will McGrath

Sugar and Tension:
Diabetes and Gender in Modern India
By Lesley Jo Weaver

International Surrogacy as Disruptive Industry in Southeast Asia
By Andrea Whittaker

Legitimating Life Adoption in the Age of Globalization and Biotechnology
By Sonja van Wichelen

Psychiatric Encounters Madness and Modernity in Yucatan, Mexico
By Beatriz M. Reyes-Foster

Faith and the Pursuit of Health Cardiometabolic Disorders in Samoa
By Jessica Hardin

Fistula Politics Birthing Injuries and the Quest for Continence in Niger
By Alison Heller

Landscapes of Activism Civil Society, HIV and AIDS Care in Northern Mozambique
By Joel Christian Reed

Fault Lines of Care Gender, HIV, and Global Health in Bolivia
By Carina Heckert

Further
Title Information

Pathogenic Policing

Immigration Enforcement and Health in the U.S. South

By Nolan Kline

In Pathogenic Policing, Nolan Kline focuses on the hidden, health-related impacts of immigrant policing to examine the role of policy in shaping health inequality in the U.S., and responds to fundamental questions regarding biopolitics, especially the ways in which policy can reinforce ‘race’ as a vehicle of social division.

Infected Kin

Orphan Care and AIDS in Lesotho

By Ellen BlockWill McGrath

AIDS has devastated communities across southern Africa. In Lesotho, a quarter of adults are infected. In Infected Kin, Block and McGrath argue that AIDS is fundamentally a kinship disease, examining the ways it transcends infected individuals and seeps into kin relations and networks of care.

Sugar and Tension

Diabetes and Gender in Modern India

By Lesley Jo Weaver

In Sugar and Tension, Lesley Jo Weaver uses women’s experiences with diabetes in New Delhi as a lens to explore how gendered roles and expectations are taking shape in contemporary India. Weaver describes how women negotiate the many responsibilities in their lives when chronic disease is at stake.

Andrea Whittaker traces the development of international surrogacy industry and its movement across Southeast Asia following a sequence of governmental bans in India, Nepal, Thailand, and Cambodia. The book offers a nuanced and sympathetic examination of the industry from the perspectives of the people involved in it.

Legitimating Life

Adoption in the Age of Globalization and Biotechnology

By Sonja van Wichelen

Sonja van Wichelen boldly describes how contemporary justifications of cross-border adoption navigate between child welfare, humanitarianism, family making, capitalism, science, and health. Focusing on contemporary institutional practices of adoption in the United States and the Netherlands, she traces how professionals, bureaucrats, lawyers, politicians, social workers, and experts legitimate a practice that became progressively controversial.

Psychiatric Encounters

Madness and Modernity in Yucatan, Mexico

By Beatriz M. Reyes-Foster

Psychiatric Encounters presents an intimate portrait of a public inpatient psychiatric facility in the Southeastern state of Yucatan, Mexico. The book explores the experiences of patients and psychiatrists as they navigate the challenges of public psychiatric care in Mexico.

Faith and the Pursuit of Health

Cardiometabolic Disorders in Samoa

By Jessica Hardin

Faith and the Pursuit of Health explores how Pentecostal Christians manage chronic illness in ways that sheds light on health disparities and social suffering in Samoa, a place where rates of obesity and related cardiometabolic disorders have reached population-wide levels.

Fistula Politics

Birthing Injuries and the Quest for Continence in Niger

By Alison Heller

In Western humanitarian and media narratives, obstetric fistula is presented as deeply stigmatizing, resulting in divorce, abandonment by kin, exile from communities, depression and suicide. Heller illustrates the inaccuracy of these popular narratives and shows how they serve the interests not of the women so affected, but of humanitarian organizations, the media, and local clinics.

Landscapes of Activism

Civil Society, HIV and AIDS Care in Northern Mozambique

By Joel Christian Reed

AIDS activists are often romanticized as extremely noble and selfless. However, the relationships among HIV support group members highlighted in Landscapes of Activism are hardly utopian or ideal. Reed shows that in Africa, superimposing a Western idea of what activism should look like actually hampers the success of these groups.

Fault Lines of Care

Gender, HIV, and Global Health in Bolivia

By Carina Heckert

Heckert provides a detailed examination of the effects of global health and governmental policy decisions on the everyday lives of people living with HIV in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. She focuses on the gendered dynamics that play a role in the development and implementation of HIV care programs and shows how decisions made from above impact what happens on the ground.