The Mindful Body: A Prolegomenon to Future Work in Medical Anthropology

  title={The Mindful Body: A Prolegomenon to Future Work in Medical Anthropology},
  author={Nancy Scheper‐Hughes and Margaret M. Lock},
  journal={Medical Anthropology Quarterly},
Conceptions of the body are central not only to substantive work in medical anthropology, but also to the philosophical underpinnings of the entire discipline of anthropology, where Western assumptions about the mind and body, the individual and society, affect both theoretical viewpoints and research paradigms. These same conceptions also influence ways in which health care is planned and delivered in Western societies. In this article we advocate the deconstruction of received concepts about… 
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