Reconsidering Migrant Health: Anthropologists in Conversation with Public Health Paradigms

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HORTON, Sarah B. (UC-Denver) and ALEXANDER, William L. (UNCW) Reconsidering Migrant Health: Anthropologists in Conversation with Public Health Paradigms. This panel considers how applied anthropologists are broadening dominant public health approaches to conceptualizing the high rates of morbidity and mortality among migrants.  Ethnographic analyses help “radically contextualize” the high burden of social suffering among migrants, focusing on the social causation of illness rather than individual “lifestyle” behaviors. By presenting nuanced and rich data about migrants’ lived experiences, critical medical anthropologists complicate univocal public health paradigms. Taking up the theme of “Continuity and Change,” we examine the various relationships anthropologists have forged with public health approaches and practitioners, as they work in collaboration while offering a valuable critique.Sarah.Horton@ucdenver.edu


CHAIR: HORTON, Sarah


List of Session Participants: 

SMITH-MORRIS, Carolyn

MENDENHALL, Emily

ALEXANDER, William

Anthony GUEVARA

Mary BRANNOCK

GUEVARA, Emilia

Thurka SANGARAMOORTHY

HORTON, Sarah

CASTAÑEDA, Heide


 

SMITH-MORRIS, Carolyn. Salience and Food Sales: Ethnographic Evidence about Dietary Change in Mexican Im/Migrants.

MENDENHALL, Emily. Melding Methods in Anthropological Research for Public Health.

ALEXANDER, William and Anthony GUEVARA, Mary BRANNOCK. Casting Light in the Shadows of Checkpoints: An Ethnographic Video Project on Immigration Enforcement and Migrant health in North Carolina.

GUEVARA, Emilia and Thurka SANGARAMOORTHY. Health-Related Deservingness and ‘Illegality’ on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

HORTON, Sarah. Burning Up: Addressing the Heat Stress-Hypertension Syndemic among Migrant Farmworkers.

CASTAÑEDA, Heide. Discussant.


Photo: “A national drive to end polio” by Gates Foundation used in conjunction with creative commons - no changes were made to this photo.

Session took place in 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology.