Aim & Scope
Medical Anthropology is dedicated to publishing papers that situate the relationship between human behavior, social life, and health within an anthropological context. It provides a forum for inquiring into how knowledge, meaning, livelihood, power, and resource distribution are shaped and how, in turn, these phenomena go on to shape patterns of disease, experiences of health and illness, and the organization of treatments. We welcome papers that focus on empirical research as well as those that focus on methodological and theoretical issues. Our goal is to bring to our readership work that both exemplifies and expands upon ways of understanding the biological, cultural, and politico-economic dimensions of illness and healing. Medical Anthropology invites papers on a wide range of topics, including (but not limited to): the political ecology of disease; the interface of the micro- and macro-environments that affect health; the globalization of medical meanings and resources; the politics of responsibility as it relates to sickness and health care; gender and health; ethnomedical and ethnopharmaceutical systems; medical pluralism and social transformation; the moral, political, and interpersonal contexts of bodily suffering; the social meanings of disease categories and ideals of health; the cultural and historical conditions shaping medical practices and policies; the social organization of clinical interactions; the uses and effects of medical technologies; and the commercialization and commodification of health and medicine. Papers are expected to reflect medical anthropology as a vital, emergent area of social science scholarship--one that is empirically sound; theoretically and methodologically sophisticated; and unfailingly attentive to bio-cultural, historical, and cross-cultural perspectives on health. The subject matter covered in Medical Anthropology is relevant not only to health care professionals who recognize the importance of attaining a better understanding of the socio-cultural dimensions of health, but also to any social scientist who has an interest in health-related issues.
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