Health, Culture and Society

Conceptual Legacies and Contemporary Applications

  • Elizabeth Ettorre
  • Ellen Annandale
  • Vanessa M. Hildebrand
  • Ana Porroche-Escudero
  • Barbara Katz Rothman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Elizabeth Ettorre, Ellen Annandale, Vanessa M. Hildebrand, Ana Porroche-Escudero
    Pages 1-11
  3. Ellen Annandale
    Pages 13-36
  4. Elizabeth Ettorre
    Pages 37-74
  5. Ellen Annandale
    Pages 75-102
  6. Ana Porroche-Escudero
    Pages 103-135
  7. Elizabeth Ettorre
    Pages 137-177
  8. Vanessa M. Hildebrand
    Pages 179-211
  9. Barbara Katz Rothman
    Pages 213-221
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 223-235

About this book


This book traces the history of formative, enduring concepts, foundational in the development of the health disciplines. It explores existing literature, and subsequent contested applications. Feminist legacies are discussed with a clear message that early sociological and anthropological theories and debates remain valuable to scholars today. Chapters cover historical events and cultural practices from the standpoint of ‘difference’; formulate theories about the emergence of social issues and problems and discuss health and illness in light of cultural values and practices, social conditions, embodiment and emotions. This collection will be of great value to scholars of biomedicine, health and gender.


medical sociology social anthropology medical anthropology cultural studies gender studies interdisciplinary feminist studies Marcel Mauss Foucault biopolitics heteronormative marriage

Authors and affiliations

  • Elizabeth Ettorre
    • 1
  • Ellen Annandale
    • 2
  • Vanessa M. Hildebrand
    • 3
  • Ana Porroche-Escudero
    • 4
  • Barbara Katz Rothman
    • 5
  1. 1.University of LiverpoolLiverpoolUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of YorkYorkUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Department of AnthropologyCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA
  4. 4.Lancaster UniversityLancasterUnited Kingdom
  5. 5.Graduate CenterCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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