For those of you who are interested, here’s the list of readings for my class on Biocultural Medical Anthropology. To make sure I had good articles, I drew on syllabi from other professors I really respect, and also dug into the latest literature. I’m excited about this course!
I did cut out all the grading and policy details. If you’re really interested in that, drop me an email.
Anthropology 5937: Biocultural Medical Anthropology
Prof. Daniel Lende, Fall 2010, University of South Florida
This course provides a comprehensive grounding in biocultural medical anthropology, which emphasizes understanding how health and healing are shaped by both biological and cultural processes. This class will examine disease, illness, human biology, embodiment, public health, methods, and belief systems. From the biology of stress to the biopolitics of medicine, students will engage in substantive discussion and read central pieces of the scientific and anthropological literature. While the class is focused on biocultural dynamics, students will also cover the biological mechanisms of disease and applied biocultural practice.
Wiley, Andrea & Allen, John. 2009. Medical Anthropology: A Biocultural Approach. New York: Oxford University Press.
Nichter, Mark. 2008. Global Health: Why Cultural Perceptions, Social Representations, and Biopolitics Matter. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
Knapp, Caroline. 1997. Drinking: A Love Story. New York: Dial.
Schedule of Classes and Readings
Aug 24: Introduction to Class
Aug 26: Biocultural Perspectives on Health & Disease
Book: Wiley & Allen, Ch 1-2
– R. Hahn & M. Inhorn. 2009. Introduction. In: Anthropology and Public Health: Bridging Differences in Culture and Society, Second Edition. Pp. 1-31.
– G. Armelagos et al. 2005. Evolutionary, historical and political economic perspectives on health and disease. Social Science and Medicine 61(4):755-765.
-A. McElvoy & P. Townsend. 2009. Interdisciplinary research in health problems. In: Medical Anthropology in Ecological Perspective, 5th Edition. Pp. 33-80.
-P. Farmer et al. 2006. Structural violence and clinical medicine. PLoS Medicine 3(10): e449.
-A. Kleinman. 2010. The art of medicine: Four social theories for global health. Lancet 375:1518-19.
-S. McGarvey. 2007. Population health. Annals of Human Biology 34(4):393-396.
-R. Nesse. 2008. Evolution: Medicine’s most basic science. The Lancet 372: S21-S27.