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  1. WEEK 8 29 items
    This section of SA1002 examines disease and illness as integral parts of social life. Introducing fundamental anthropological frameworks of examining medical systems, we will explore how different societies understand and respond to disease and illness. This lecture series will equip students with a comparative understanding of different medical systems, and a knowledge of the development and social impact of key medical notions.
    1. Lecture 1: The Anthropology of Disease and Illness 10 items
      This lecture introduces key notions in medical anthropology and explores the way in which disease, illness and sickness form part of human experience across different societies. With a focus on the historical transformation of framing bubonic plague in Europe, the lecture will explore how understandings of disease and illness are embedded on wider systems of knowledge, and how such understandings impact social life as a whole.
      1. An anthropology of biomedicine - Margaret M. Lock, Vinh-Kim Nguyen 2010

        Book  [Chapters 2 + 3]

    2. Lecture 2: Comparing Diagnostic Practices 11 items
      Central to our experiences of illness are theories and practices of identifying what an illness is and what is causing it. The rise and consolidation of biomedical frameworks of disease identification and causation is only a recent phenomenon which is often contested, complicated or complemented by other medical rationalities, such as those that have arisen over the centuries in China. With a focus on Traditional Chinese Medicine, this lecture examines comparatively how the nature and cause of illness are identified and the way in which diverse frameworks may be mobilised to make sense of illness.
      1. The body multiple: ontology in medical practice - Annemarie Mol 2002

        Book  [Chapter 1].

      2. Our present complaint: American medicine, then and now - Charles E. Rosenberg 2007

        Book  [Chapter 2]. Available in the library and as an e-book.

    3. Lecture 3: Contagion 7 items
      Contagion, the notion that diseases may be spread directly from human to human is a modern notion of great importance for medical and public health practices. This lecture examines the emergence of this idea, the political and ideological struggles around it, its validation and spread through the establishment of bacteriology, and its wider impact on contemporary ways of understanding and experiencing human sociality.
      1. Anticontagionism between 1821 and 1867: The Fielding H. Garrison Lecture - E. H Ackerknecht 2009

        Article  [Reprint from Bull Hist Med, 1948, vol. 22 (pg. 562-93)].

      2. The golden bough: a study in magic and religion - James George Frazer 1993

        Book  [Book 1, Chapter 3, iii: Contagious Magic]. Available in the library and as an e-book.

      3. The Anthropology of Infectious Disease - Marcia C. Inhorn, Peter J. Brown 1990

        Article 

      4. Contagious: cultures, carriers, and the outbreak narrative - Priscilla Wald 2008

        Book  [Introduction and Chapter 2]. Available in the library and as an e-book.

      5. Introduction: The Hydra of Contagion - B. Zalloua, Zahi Magnusson

        Chapter  Available in the library and as an e-book.

    4. Lecture 4: Plague, Medicine and Ethnography 1 item
      In this final lecture I will talk about my own research on the encounter between biomedicine, ethnography and bubonic plague on the Chinese-Russian frontier, and the way in which this generated an alluring but mistaken understanding of local Mongol and Buryat culture and its relation to infectious diseases.
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