How critical can clinical anthropology be?

Med Anthropol. 1993 Aug;15(3):299-317. doi: 10.1080/01459740.1993.9966096.


In recent years a dialogue has occurred between critical medical anthropologists and clinical anthropologists about the possibility of developing a critical clinical anthropology. Although critical medical anthropology aims to merge theory and praxis, I argue that achieving this goal in a biomedical clinical setting will be extremely difficult if not impossible. In pursuing their commitment to social action, critical medical anthropologists need to establish connections with other groups including: labor unions, ethnic minorities, women's organizations, environmentalists, and self-help groups, in the struggle to create a healthy society.

MeSH terms

  • Anthropology / methods*
  • Clinical Medicine