Tag: Biocultural Medical Anthropology

What Is the “Environment” in Gene-Environment Interaction Research?

Bill Dressler , February 3rd, 2017


The central plaza in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil (photo by Bill Dressler). The notion that nature and nurture interact to produce the phenotype of an individual is a  very…


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Peaks and Valleys of Building Community Rapport: Lessons Learned Through an Investigation of Adolescent Sexual Health

Tina Thomas , December 24th, 2016


On my graduate school journey in medical anthropology at the University of Alabama, I became curious about HIV risk while conducting fieldwork in Mobile, Alabama. There, I worked…


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Replacing the Lone Stranger with Evidence-Based Theory: Collaborative Fieldwork in Anthropology

Christopher Lynn , December 22nd, 2016


Drs. Michaela Howells and Christopher Lynn (author) in traditional business attire to meet with officials outside Samoan Affairs, Tutuila, American Samoa. An abridged version of this post first…


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“Making a Bill” in Search of Health

Avery McNeece , December 7th, 2016


CC 4.0 by TravelingOtter The Poorest, Sickest State Mississippi is the U.S.’s poorest state and has the lowest rates of insurance coverage. Mississippi also has very poor health…


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Ayahuasca Visions in the Peruvian Amazon

Greg Batchelder , November 29th, 2016


As a psychological anthropologist interested in alternative healing options, I recently traveled to Peru to experience ayahuasca with a shaman I had been corresponding with for some time….


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Engaging Activism in Anthropology of Disability

Mirjam Holleman , November 29th, 2016


Mirjam Holleman (author, left) presenting on the topic of (dis)ability and social inclusion to a small audience at a festival (Slot Art Festival) in Poland, summer 2016. Photo…


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Mortality Among High-School Educated Whites in the U.S.: An Anthropological View

Bill Dressler , August 29th, 2016


Fig. 1. All-cause mortality, ages 45–54 for US White non-Hispanics (USW), US Hispanics (USH), and six comparison countries: France (FRA), Germany (GER), the United Kingdom (UK), Canada (CAN),…


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Fieldwork then and now: from graduate student to professor

Jo Weaver , August 29th, 2016


Dr. Weaver interviews a woman whose garden is the only consistent source of fresh vegetables for purchase in the Brazilian study community. I just returned from two fieldwork…


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