Social Lives of Medicines - Geest, Sjaak Van Der; Hardon, Anita; Whyte, Susan Reynolds
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Anthropologists show that medicines are more than chemical substances with medical effects. They have social lives because they move between people; they carry meaning and offer possibilities for communication and control. As commodities they are objects of intense commercial and political interest. Using examples from five continents, this book takes up central problems in the study of medicines including social efficacy, symbolism, and commodification. It provides a readable and thought provoking introduction to current anthropological research on medicines in society.…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
Anthropologists show that medicines are more than chemical substances with medical effects. They have social lives because they move between people; they carry meaning and offer possibilities for communication and control. As commodities they are objects of intense commercial and political interest. Using examples from five continents, this book takes up central problems in the study of medicines including social efficacy, symbolism, and commodification. It provides a readable and thought provoking introduction to current anthropological research on medicines in society.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Cambridge University Press
  • Seitenzahl: 212
  • Erscheinungstermin: 18. April 2009
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 229mm x 152mm x 12mm
  • Gewicht: 334g
  • ISBN-13: 9780521804691
  • ISBN-10: 0521804698
  • Artikelnr.: 21662005
Autorenporträt
Susan Reynolds Whyte is Professor at the Institute of Anthropology of the University of Copenhagen.
Sjaak van der Geest is Professor of Medical Anthropology at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the University of Amsterdam.
Anita Hardon is Professor and Director of the Amsterdam School for Social Science Research at the University of Amsterdam.