Tag: Medicalization

“Un-fixing” hormones: searching for the multiple in hormonal selves

Lisa Raeder , October 6th, 2020

What are hormones? While biomedical notions of hormones focus on their biological functions in bodies, hormones are also cultural artifacts, shaping understandings of health, normalcy, and what it…


The Role of Scientific Discourse in Chile’s Trans Rights Movement

Baird Campbell , June 26th, 2018

También disponible en español aquí. On June 18, 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the removal of “transsexuality” (a term based on psychiatric diagnosis and maligned by…


Agitated children, turbulent trajectories: Towards a comparison between Europe and South America – a workshop report by Álvaro Jiménez Molina

Álvaro Jiménez Molina , May 21st, 2018

This article describes the main discussions and contributions of the first workshop of the International Research Network on Disruptive Behaviours. The workshop was held at the “Centre for…


Graphic Medicine and Medical Anthropology by Dana Walrath

Dana Walrath , June 13th, 2016

Introduction When I began my graphic memoir series, Aliceheimers, it focused just on life with my mother Alice before and during dementia. But the revelatory insight that she…


Three Millimeters by Christine Labuski

Christine Labuski , April 18th, 2016

The first time I encountered Judy I was with Dr. Erlich, gathering fact sheets about vulvar pain conditions. Dr. Robichaud, the other physician at the Vulvar Health Clinic…


Tanya Cassidy’s and Abdullahi El Tom’s “Ethnographies of Breastfeeding: Cultural Contexts and Confrontations” by Ben Kasstan

Ben Kasstan , March 30th, 2016

Ethnographies of Breastfeeding: Cultural Contexts and Confrontations Tanya Cassidy and Abdullahi El Tom (editors) Bloomsbury, 2015, 255 pages   Ethnographies of Breastfeeding offers a timely insi…