11. Political Violence, War and Medical Anthropology

  1. Dr Merrill Singer and
  2. Pamela I. Erickson
  1. Barbara Rylko-Bauer PhD1 and
  2. Dr Merrill Singer2

Published Online: 14 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395303.ch11

A Companion to Medical Anthropology

A Companion to Medical Anthropology

How to Cite

Rylko-Bauer, B. and Singer, M. (2011) Political Violence, War and Medical Anthropology, in A Companion to Medical Anthropology (eds M. Singer and P. I. Erickson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395303.ch11

Editor Information

  1. Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Michigan State University, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JUL 2011
  2. Published Print: 8 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405190022

Online ISBN: 9781444395303

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Keywords:

  • political violence, war - and medical anthropology;
  • anthropology, an uneven - and varied engagement with violence and war;
  • body of anthropological scholarship - on violence and war, impressive;
  • reconceptualizing political violence and war - threats to health and well being;
  • “Medical Anthropology against War” - Marcia Inhorn's question of “why is there so little on the medical anthropology of war?”;
  • anthropology's contribution to debate - relationships, history, biology and culture;
  • anthropological gaze - or “countergaze,” seeing not bound to official “truths”;
  • medical anthropology's interface - with war and political violence;
  • war, violence and future of medical anthropology

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Making of a Medical Anthropology Against War

  • Denaturalizing Violence

  • Revisualizing War and Political Violence: Anthropology's “Countergaze’

  • Reconceptualizing War as a Complex Biosocial Disease

  • Applying Medical Anthropology in Zones of War and Political Violence

  • Conclusion: War, Violence and the Future of Medical Anthropology

  • References