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Writing at the Margin: Discourse Between Anthropology and Medicine

Arthur Kleinman


In this collection, a scholar in medical anthropology takes stock of his recent intellectual odysseys. An anthropologist and psychiatrist who has studied in Taiwan, China, and North America since 1968, he draws upon his bicultural, multidisciplinary background to propose alternative strategies for thinking about how, in the postmodern world, the social and medical relate. This book explores the border between medical and social problems, the boundary between health and social change. The author studies the body as the mediator between individual and collective experience, finding that many hea ... More

Keywords: medical anthropology, health problems, trauma of violence, depression, chronic pain, social suffering, moral practice, medical ethics, violence, post-traumatic stress

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780520209657
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520209657.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arthur Kleinman, author