Discourse, Foucault, and Critical Medical Anthropology
Article first published online: 23 DEC 2008
Copyright 1991, American Anthropological Association.
Central Issues in Anthropology
Volume 9, Issue 1, pages 79–82, April 1991
How to Cite
Greenlee, E. J. (1991), Discourse, Foucault, and Critical Medical Anthropology. Central Issues in Anthropology, 9: 79–82. doi: 10.1525/cia.19126.96.36.199
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- Article first published online: 23 DEC 2008
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One of the major research interests of critical medical anthropology is the examination of Western biomedicine. The concepts of discourse and genealogy elaborated in the writing of Michel Foucault are particularly useful in this task. In addition, the notion of discursive structure defines a unit of investigation well suited to the anthropological examination of complex society. This paper reviews some of these theoretical and methodological possibilities, and then looks at the case example of borderline hypertension in 20th-century American culture drawn from the author's dissertation research.