The American Anthropological Association (AAA) is pleased to announce that its Committee on Public Policy has selected medical anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes as the first recipient of the new Anthropology in Public Policy Award. Dr. Scheper- Hughes is a nationally-recognized expert on several important health issues, including hunger, illness and organ trafficking. The Anthropology in Public … Continue reading Dr. Nancy Scheper-Hughes Named First AAA Public Policy Award Winner
Written by Elisa (EJ) Sobo Every semester, I teach a college course exploring the interrelationships between human culture and biology. Feedback loops connecting culturally-patterned behavior and body chemistry, such as in the stress response, provide a handy example of our bioculturality. So, among other topics, I have a well-developed unit in my course (and related … Continue reading Touch in the Classroom: Should Schools Teach Students to Give Each Other Massages?
For faculty teaching medical anthropology courses this fall, the following materials may be helpful. I collected these lists with the assistance of Andrea Sankar, co-editor of Medical Anthropology Quarterly, and Janet Dixon Keller, editor of Ethos, in order to save teachers time as they refresh their thinking about these oft-taught topics. Where possible, I linked to the … Continue reading Teaching Medical Anthropology
AAA member, Dana Walrath is a medical anthropologist that tilts perspective on how to heal. UVM News reporter, Lee Ann Cox describes Walrath’s work: As a professor and anthropologist in UVM’s College of Medicine, as well as an artist and writer, Walrath advances ideas about what world cultures can teach doctors and other caregivers about nurturing … Continue reading “Aliceheimer’s” – one family’s journey through Alzheimer’s
Pamela Runestad, a PhD candidate in medical anthropology at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, continues her account from Japan. Here is an excerpt: …[O]ne of my interviewees in Osaka told me on Friday: “Ms. Pamela, I really want to talk to you. But please understand that I’m not quite myself today. I’m from Sendai…” Despite his initial note … Continue reading Inside Looking Out, Part Three