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What are our students reading?

We are frequently asked what students should read before arriving for the degree, and to give a sense of materials encountered during the course. Here are a few suggestions to get you started and which may be of interest to applicants:

Introductory texts

Fadiman, A. 1998. The spirit catches you and you fall down: a Hmong child, her American doctors and the collision of two cultures: Farrar Straus & Giroux Inc.

Lock, M. & V.-K. Nguyen. 2010. An anthropology of biomedicine. Oxford: Blackwell.

Robert Poole & Wenzel Geissler (2005): Medical Anthropology. Open University Press. 

Further Reading 

Anderson, W. 2008. Collectors of Lost Souls. Turning Kuru Scientists into Whitemen. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Caduff, C. 2015. The Pandemic, Perhaps: Dramatic Events in a Public Culture of Danger. University of California Press. 

Paul Farmer (2004): Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights and the New War on the Poor. University of California Press.

Fassin, D. 2007. When bodies remember: experiences and politics of AIDS in South Africa. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Martin, E. 2009. Bipolar expeditions: mania and depression in American culture. Princeton and Oxford Princeton University Press.

Mark Nichter (2008): Global Health: Why Cultural Perceptions, Social Representations, and Biopolitics Matter. University of Arizona Press. 

Petryna, A., A. Lakoff & A. Kleinman. 2006. Global pharmaceuticals: ethics, markets, practices. Durham [N.C.], London: Duke University Press. 

Rudrappa, S. 2015. Discounted Life: The Price of Global Surrogacy in India. New York University Press. 

Book Club

We also have a book club, where we discuss key texts. Recent books include: 

J Biehl (2005): Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment. University of California Press

Sophie Day (2007) On the Game: Women and Sex Work. Pluto Press. 

Angela Garcia (2010) The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession along the Rio Grande. University of California Press.