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Medical Anthropology | Global Health

About the Research Area

Medical anthropology is by now an established sub-discipline of anthropology in German-speaking countries. In line with the approach of medical anthropology in the US and the UK, where the discipline is one of the most influential branches of social and cultural anthropology, it investigates illness, health and healing across societies and cultures world-wide. At the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin, research and teaching follows the approach of critical-interpretative medical anthropology. Not only do we explore and analyze health-related practices, institutions and ideas in ‘non-Western’ societies, but we also include the multi-layered articulations of biomedicine and other forms of medicine and healing in European and North American societies. Read more


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