P17
Healthy states?: reflections on wellbeing and statecraft in NZ and the Pacific (a panel in honour of Julie Park)

Convenors:
Samuel Taylor-Alexander (Monash University)
Location:
Ligertwood 214 Piper Alderman Room
Start time:
14 December, 2017 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel asks scholars to examine healthcare regimes in Asia, NZ and the Pacific. It will address statecraft in relation to health, migration, family, and belonging, and provides an opportunity to reflect on how medical anthropology has influenced how we understand the state and state practices.

Long abstract:

This panel invites scholars to examine healthcare regimes in Asia, NZ and the Pacific, considering the conference aim of extending anthropological understandings of the state. Inspired by and honouring the work of Pr. Julie Park, the panel will address statecraft in relation to (1) health (2) migratory processes, (3) family, and (4) belonging, to unpack statecraft as a geographically situated practice driven by experts concerned with the security of territories and populations. Said differently, it draws attention to the connections between people, places, and practices that become the focus of political attention and give way to new healthcare regimes and processes of socialization and subject formation in NZ and the Pacific. In doing so, the panel further provides an opportunity to reflect on the development of medical anthropology in NZ and the Pacific, and how this has influenced our understanding of the state and state practices in the region.