2. Critical Biocultural Approaches in Medical Anthropology

  1. Dr Merrill Singer and
  2. Pamela I. Erickson
  1. Tom Leatherman1 and
  2. Alan H. Goodman2

Published Online: 14 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395303.ch2

A Companion to Medical Anthropology

A Companion to Medical Anthropology

How to Cite

Leatherman, T. and Goodman, A. H. (2011) Critical Biocultural Approaches in Medical Anthropology, in A Companion to Medical Anthropology (eds M. Singer and P. I. Erickson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395303.ch2

Editor Information

  1. Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of South Carolina, Columbia

  2. 2

    Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405190022

Online ISBN: 9781444395303



  • critical biocultural approaches - in medical anthropology;
  • human health and well being - being biocultural;
  • current era of global capitalism - inequalities and poverty;
  • critical biocultural anthropology - biological consequences of poverty and inequality;
  • critical biocultural approaches - within anthropological studies of health;
  • ecological models and concept of adaptation - reevaluated within cultural anthropology;
  • expanding geographic and historical scope of analysis;
  • attention to human agency, constructing environments - problems and uncertainties;
  • critical biocultural approaches - in studies of human health;
  • critical biocultural approach to health - and structural violence


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Emergence of a Critical Biocultural Approach

  • Critical Biocultural Approaches in Studies of Human Health

  • New Directions

  • Conclusions

  • References