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Genetics, Identity, and the Anthropology of Essentialism
SOCIAL THOUGHT AND COMMENTARY For several decades, anthropology has participated in the general deconstruction of "identity" as a stable object of scholarly inquiry. The notion that individuals craftExpand
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Futility in the practice of community psychiatry.
  • P. Brodwin
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Medical anthropology quarterly
  • 1 June 2011
The experience of futility among frontline clinicians in community psychiatry is produced by the temporal structuring of their work. All health care providers share the disposition to intervene inExpand
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Pentecostalism in translation: Religion and the production of community in the Haitian diaspora
I examine the growth of Pentecostalism in the Haitian diaspora through both a neo-Weberian framework and the argument, derived from Walter Benjamin, that the cultural translation of religiousExpand
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Medicine and Morality in Haiti: The Contest for Healing Power
Part I. History and Ethnography of Biomedicine: 2. Metropolitan medicine and strategies of rule 3. Biomedicine in Jeanty 4. Medicalization and illness experience: two case studies Part II. The MoralExpand
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Identity and genetic ancestry tracing
Tracing genetic identity can lead to resolution of uncertainty but can cause more problems than it solves. Will establishment of genetic identity be cohesive or divisive? What can our genes tell usExpand
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The coproduction of moral discourse in U.S. community psychiatry.
  • P. Brodwin
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Medical anthropology quarterly
  • 1 June 2008
Anthropologists often criticize the discipline of bioethics because its remote, abstract theories fail to capture how front-line clinicians experience and resolve moral uncertainty. The critiqueExpand
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Politics, practical logic, and primary health care in rural Haiti.
  • P. Brodwin
  • Medicine
  • Medical anthropology quarterly
  • 1 March 1997
During the 1980s, an ambitious project for health development restructured medical services throughout rural Haiti. The "Rural Health Delivery System" (RHDS) pursued several goals of primary healthExpand
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“Bioethics in Action” and Human Population Genetics Research
  • P. Brodwin
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Culture, medicine and psychiatry
  • 1 June 2005
Recent disputes about human population genetics research have been provoked by the field's political vulnerability (the historic imbalance of power between the geneticists and the people they study)Expand
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Genetic Knowledge and Collective Identity
  • P. Brodwin
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Culture, medicine and psychiatry
  • 1 June 2005
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Biotechnology and Culture: Bodies, Anxieties, Ethics
The cultural debates over biotechnology clarify the fears and longings of our age. Biotechnologies are not just medical interventions; they pose profound challenges to conventional notions aboutExpand
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