Med01
(Un)healthy systems: moral terrains of health equity

Convenors:
Debbi Long (University of Newcastle)
Sarah Kabanoff (University of Newcastle )
Maithri Goonetilleke (Centre for Ethics in Medicine & Society, Monash)
Stream:
Medical horizons
Location:
Old Arts-103 (Theatre A)
Start time:
2 December, 2015 at 11:00
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

Ethnographic, theoretical, clinical and/or practitioner explorations of equity and health.

Long abstract:

Anthropology has a history of documenting and contributing to health discourse and practice. Farmer's ethnographic interpretation of the concept of Structural Violence critiques complex social, political, economic and ideological structures which are central to globalisation and development discourses. Critical Medical Anthropology explores biomedicine as embedded in neoliberal capitalist industrial-military culture. Anthropological contributions to health continue to map existing and emergent health technologies as they intersect with health beliefs and practices, reviving existing moral debates and sparking new ethical dilemmas. In 2015, as social media produces and reproduces health tropes dripping with both reconstituted and fresh moral juice, we ask: what roles are available to us as ethnographers? What space can we and should we be occupying in health research? In this panel, we invite papers which offer ethnographic, theoretical and/or practitioner explorations of equity and health. Topics we are open to exploring include (but are not limited to): structural violence and systemic barriers to health equity; the relationship between cultural relativism and ethnographic engagement in health research; imperatives for intervention; health technologies; impacts of neoliberalism on care provision; ideologies of moral retribution in healthy living discourses; medical dominance and clinical democracy; frontline fieldworkers and clinician-anthropologists; geographies of health care; human rights and health; intersections between biomedicine and other health cultures; and impacts of funding frameworks on ethnographic health research. Are there moral imperatives for health ethnographers? If so, what are they and how do we enact them?