Tensions in Medical Anthropology

Tensions in Medical Anthropology

All information can be found in attached document. The Book used is Understanding Medical Anthropology third edition, Editors: Peter J. Brown and Svea Closser. In exploring the human experience, anthropologists engage with topics that are tense and conflict ridden. We have read some weighty chapters on the history of health, climate change, biomedicine and technology, and structural violence. Embedded in these readings are potential areas of tension or conflict. Specifically in alignment with course objectives one, two, and five, this assignment is designed to help you compare major theoretical approaches – the biosocial approach vs. a cultural one – within medical anthropology, as well as to explore the interrelationships between human biological and cultural systems for a particular health concern. You are tasked with writing a short paper that 1.) explores a key topical area in the biosocial or cultural approach to medical anthropology and 2.) describes and evaluates a tension raised within the readings. Through writing this paper, you will demonstrate an understanding of key terminology in medical anthropology and you will apply critical thinking to grapple with tensions within the discipline. 1.) Pick one of the topics listed below: – History of health (biosocial) – Climate change (biosocial) – Biomedicine, technology, and the body (cultural) – Structural violence (cultural) 2.) Within your paper be sure to unpack the that topic. – What are the key concepts or terms in that area? – Why is this topic being discussed within a course in anthropology or medical anthropology more specifically? – Be sure to explicitly link your discussion to at least one of the chapters assigned on that topic, but the best papers will link to two of the assigned chapters to explore the chosen tension/conflict. 3.) Describe and evaluate a tension raised within the readings. – What is the tension or conflict around this topic and/or within this article? Depending on the conflict chosen, the following prompts may help you in exploring and evaluating the tension. You do not have to address all of these. They are suggestions to help you if you feel stuck. – What is the significance of this tension/conflict? (“So what”?) – Who is impacted? Is power involved? – Is there a potential resolution for this tension/conflict? – Is there anything that leaves you feeling uncomfortable or frustrated? – What questions does the article or topic raise for you personally? – What resources can you find to address these concerns? If it is an older article, what has been published more recently on this topic or a related area? If it is a more recent article, what work still needs to be done? You are encouraged to find another reference that speaks to the general topic or question raised by the article

ANTH 230.S22

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Paper 2: Tensions in Medical Anthropology

All medical anthropologists work under the premise that illness and healing are best understood in the complex and varied interactions between human biology and culture; however, biosocial approaches (examples are the readings from weeks 2, 4 and 5) tend to focus more on the biology side of the equation, while cultural approaches (examples are the readings from weeks 3, 6, and 7) tend to focus more on the cultural side.

In exploring the human experience, anthropologists engage with topics that are tense and conflict ridden.  We have read some weighty chapters on the history of health, climate change, biomedicine and technology, and structural violence.  Embedded in these readings are potential areas of tension or conflict.  Specifically in alignment with course objectives one, two, and five, this assignment is designed to help you compare major theoretical approaches – the biosocial approach vs. a cultural one – within medical anthropology, as well as to explore the interrelationships between human biological and cultural systems for a particular health concern.  You are tasked with writing a short paper that 1.) explores a key topical area in the biosocial or cultural approach to medical anthropology and 2.) describes and evaluates a tension raised within the readings. Through writing this paper, you will demonstrate an understanding of key terminology in medical anthropology and you will apply critical thinking to grapple with tensions within the discipline.

  • Pick one of the topics listed below:
  • History of health (biosocial)
  • Climate change (biosocial)
  • Biomedicine, technology, and the body (cultural)
  • Structural violence (cultural)

 

  • Within your paper be sure to unpack the that topic.
  • What are the key concepts or terms in that area?
  • Why is this topic being discussed within a course in anthropology or medical anthropology more specifically?
  • Be sure to explicitly link your discussion to at least one of the chapters assigned on that topic, but the best papers will link to two of the assigned chapters to explore the chosen tension/conflict.

 

  • Describe and evaluate a tension raised within the readings.
  • What is the tension or conflict around this topic and/or within this article?

 

Depending on the conflict chosen, the following prompts may help you in exploring and evaluating the tension.  You do not have to address all of these.  They are suggestions to help you if you feel stuck.

  • What is the significance of this tension/conflict? (“So what”?)
  • Who is impacted? Is power involved?
  • Is there a potential resolution for this tension/conflict?
  • Is there anything that leaves you feeling uncomfortable or frustrated?
  • What questions does the article or topic raise for you personally?
  • What resources can you find to address these concerns? If it is an older article, what has been published more recently on this topic or a related area?  If it is a more recent article, what work still needs to be done?  You are encouraged to find another reference that speaks to the general topic or question raised by the article.  When considering other sources be sure to use this reference (https://library.bridgew.edu/c.php?g=854262&p=6116862 ; Beginning Your Research: Evaluating Websites through BSU’s Maxwell Library) to evaluate other sources you may find.

 

Deadlines:

  • By noon on Monday, 2/28, you are responsible for submitting a copy of your paper that will be shared with your peers.
  • The revised final copy is due via BB by Friday 3/4 at 8:00 PM.

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General Writing Suggestions

  • Pick a topic that you feel strongly about. This will help to ensure that you have something meaningful to say.

 

  • Develop a clear thesis for your overall paper. What is the main idea of your paper?

 

  • Develop an introduction that grabs your reader’s attention.

 

  • Conclude the writing with a statement that points to a larger idea or problem. This may be a summary of the main point of the chapter and what it contributes, or what research you think should be done next to follow-up on the key points made in the reading.

 

  • Include key terms in bold that are/should be included in the evolving class dictionary.

 

 

Guidelines

 

  • The final paper should be about 3 written pages (2.5 – 4 accepted).

 

  • Use a standard font (arial, times new roman, etc) 11 or 12 pt.

 

  • Use 1 inch margins on all sides

 

  • Double-space your writing.

 

  • You may write in the first (“I”) or third (“he/she/they”) person.

 

  • Include page numbers in the bottom right corner of the pages.

 

  • Provide references at the end of your paper as well as within the body of it. Use in-text citations for ideas as well as direct quotes.  Use APA/CMOS, APA or MLA format (resources available on BB).  The reference list does not need to be on a separate page but can appear on the last page of your paper.  (Clarification: AAA/CMOS, APA or MLA format only needs to be followed in regards to the formatting of the references.)

 

  • Center the title of your paper on the first page, skip a line, and then start writing the content of your paper. Since you are submitting via BB, your submission is tied to your name and has a date so you do not need to include those details for this course.