Pharmaceutical Citizenship: Antidepressant Marketing and the Promise of Demarginalization in India

@article{Ecks2005PharmaceuticalCA,
  title={Pharmaceutical Citizenship: Antidepressant Marketing and the Promise of Demarginalization in India},
  author={S. Ecks},
  journal={Anthropology \& Medicine},
  year={2005},
  volume={12},
  pages={239 - 254}
}
  • S. Ecks
  • Published 2005
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Anthropology & Medicine
Among practitioners of biomedicine, to speak of people as ‘marginalized’ often amounts to saying that they do not have access to medical substances. Thus conceived, the best way to remove marginality seems to be to give medicines to those deprived of them. The peculiar relationship between marginality and pharmaceuticals is especially poignant in the case of antidepressant drugs, as these drugs appear to bring the patient ‘back into society’, but not any society, but middle-class consumer… Expand
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