ANTH340 - Medical Anthropology

Research help for students in ANTH 340.

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Welcome ANTH340 students!

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Your Writing Assignments

"Each of your two writing assignments will focus on an aspect of health or sickness in relation to the culture and society in which it is embedded.  As an anthropological inquiry, your paper should analyze cultural and social factors that influence the problem you are focusing on, such as: power relations; cultural constructions of sickness or healing methods; social structural factors influencing sickness (gender, race, ethnicity, or social class); the illness experience of patients; environmental factors influencing sickness; or other issues related to health, sickness, and/or healing.

You must also use concepts in medical anthropology that we discuss in the class and a theoretical framework to analyze your topic. Examples of theoretical approaches you may use are symbolism, critical medical anthropology (or political economy of health), biocultural medical anthropology, theory of the body, discourse theory, or a cultural historical approach. Your theoretical approach will influence what factors you will focus on in your research, so it is best to think about your theoretical approach before and during your research process, as well as when you write your paper.

Your paper must focus on a health issue  located within one specific culture, either within or outside of the U.S. Your paper may analyze the issue from a macro-level or global perspective, however (for example, how international relations influence a health issue in a particular culture)."


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