7. Global Health

  1. Dr Merrill Singer and
  2. Pamela I. Erickson
  1. Craig R. Janes and
  2. Kitty K. Corbett

Published Online: 14 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395303.ch7

A Companion to Medical Anthropology

A Companion to Medical Anthropology

How to Cite

Janes, C. R. and Corbett, K. K. (2011) Global Health, in A Companion to Medical Anthropology (eds M. Singer and P. I. Erickson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395303.ch7

Editor Information

  1. Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut, USA

Author Information

  1. Simon Fraser University, Burnaby (Vancouver), British, Columbia

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405190022

Online ISBN: 9781444395303



  • global health;
  • global health, major field of research and practice - academic programs;
  • global health, domain - of international relations and world systems discourses;
  • globalization, as a construct - mushrooming, multidisciplinary literature;
  • charity frameworks, placing global health - in context of fight against global poverty;
  • context of medical anthropology - global, national and subnational origins;
  • concept of structural violence, a “black box” - rarely unpacked;
  • anthropologists' policy-oriented studies - critiques of policy makers;
  • global circulation of expert knowledge - power between policy makers and policy subjects;
  • escalation of sociopolitical factors - sustaining inequities in global health


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Defining Global Health

  • The Social Determinants of Health

  • Global Studies of Science and Technology

  • International Health Policy

  • The Social Relations of Global Health Development

  • Conclusions

  • References