cultural anthropology


Summary: It is the study of social phenomena which characterize the learned, shared, and transmitted social activities of particular ethnic groups with focus on the causes, consequences, and complexities of human social and cultural variability.

Top Publications

  1. Wittenberg Lyles E. Information sharing in interdisciplinary team meetings: an evaluation of hospice goals. Qual Health Res. 2005;15:1377-91 pubmed
    ..Furthermore, she understood that the addition of psychosocial information creates a dialectical tension for the team. ..
  2. van Etten J. Changes in farmers' knowledge of maize diversity in highland Guatemala, 1927/37-2004. J Ethnobiol Ethnomed. 2006;2:12 pubmed
    ..The article contrasts these findings with those of an earlier study which suggested much cultivar loss due to political violence, and draws conclusions about the methodological implications. ..
  3. Bussmann R, Gilbreath G, Solio J, Lutura M, Lutuluo R, Kunguru K, et al. Plant use of the Maasai of Sekenani Valley, Maasai Mara, Kenya. J Ethnobiol Ethnomed. 2006;2:22 pubmed
    ..In most cases the treatment of illness involves herbal purgatives to cleanse the patient. There are also frequent indications of plant use for common problems like wounds, parasites, body aches and burns...
  4. Cruz García G. The mother-child nexus. Knowledge and valuation of wild food plants in Wayanad, Western Ghats, India. J Ethnobiol Ethnomed. 2006;2:39 pubmed
  5. Jansen Y, Bal R, Bruijnzeels M, Foets M, Frenken R, de Bont A. Coping with methodological dilemmas; about establishing the effectiveness of interventions in routine medical practice. BMC Health Serv Res. 2006;6:160 pubmed
    ..Ethnographic analysis, as we show, is therefore of complementary value. ..
  6. Wainwright S, Williams C, Michael M, Farsides B, Cribb A. Ethical boundary-work in the embryonic stem cell laboratory. Sociol Health Illn. 2006;28:732-48 pubmed
    ..Our work adds to the relatively few sociological studies that explore ethics in clinical settings and to an even smaller body of work that explores scientists' views on the ethical issues relating to their research. ..
  7. Mignone J, Bartlett J, O Neil J, Orchard T. Best practices in intercultural health: five case studies in Latin America. J Ethnobiol Ethnomed. 2007;3:31 pubmed
    ..It presents summary information on each case study, comparatively analyzes the initiatives following four main analytical themes, and examines the case studies against a series of the best practice criteria. ..
  8. Nyambedha E. Ethical dilemmas of social science research on AIDS and orphanhood in Western Kenya. Soc Sci Med. 2008;67:771-9 pubmed publisher
  9. Izquierdo C. When "health" is not enough: societal, individual and biomedical assessments of well-being among the Matsigenka of the Peruvian Amazon. Soc Sci Med. 2005;61:767-83 pubmed

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  1. Kelly B, MUNOZ LABOY M. Sexual place, spatial change, and the social reorganization of sexual culture. J Sex Res. 2005;42:359-66 pubmed publisher
    ..Ultimately, this analysis of sexual space in San José Park provides for an examination of the deployment of power and local sexual culture as the nexus of structure and agency. ..
  2. Mathews A. Unlikely alliances: encounters between state science, nature spirits, and indigenous industrial forestry in Mexico, 1926-2008. Curr Anthropol. 2009;50:75-89; discussion 89-101 pubmed
    ..Popular beliefs about climate and forests in Mexico structure the authority and credibility of the state and will powerfully affect efforts to protect forests to mitigate climate change. ..
  3. Dixon Woods M, Suokas A, Pitchforth E, Tarrant C. An ethnographic study of classifying and accounting for risk at the sharp end of medical wards. Soc Sci Med. 2009;69:362-9 pubmed publisher
    ..These ways of identifying, evaluating and addressing risks are likely to be highly influential in staff responses to efforts to effect change, and highlight the challenges in designing and implementing patient safety interventions. ..
  4. Roberts T. Health practices and expectations of Brazilians in the United States. J Cult Divers. 2007;14:192-7 pubmed
    ..S. clinicians provided. Recommendations to improve quality of healthcare to Brazilian transnationals in the USA are discussed. ..
  5. Bozić Vrbancić S, Vrbancić M, Orlić O. European MEDIA Programme: the role of 'language' and 'visual images' in the processes of constructing European culture and identity. Coll Antropol. 2008;32:1013-22 pubmed
  6. Emmott H. Personal review and justice analysis of nursing experiences in Haiti. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2008;19:926-34 pubmed publisher
    ..This type of reflection is essential for health care providers who work with the underserved, regardless of their religion or the country in which they work. ..
  7. Clemmer S, Ward Griffin C, Forbes D. Family members providing home-based palliative care to older adults: the enactment of multiple roles. Can J Aging. 2008;27:267-83 pubmed publisher
    ..quot;True" family-centred care was found to be lacking, but should be a goal of health professionals involved in end-of-life care. ..
  8. Malafouris L. The brain-artefact interface (BAI): a challenge for archaeology and cultural neuroscience. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2010;5:264-73 pubmed publisher
  9. Coall D, Meier M, Hertwig R, Wänke M, Höpflinger F. Grandparental investment: The influence of reproductive timing and family size. Am J Hum Biol. 2009;21:455-63 pubmed publisher
    ..These results are examined in terms of the trade-offs between current and future reproduction and offspring quality and quantity. ..
  10. Antónia M, Lãszló P. Examination of Sarmatian age human skeletal remains from the Madaras graves. Acta Univ Carol Med Monogr. 2009;156:65-71 pubmed
    ..On the basis of the metric and taxonomic analysis the Madaras population was heterogeneous, wich can be explained by the fact, that this population was diverse or mixed. ..
  11. Kelly B. Sampling and recruitment issues in qualitative drugs research: reflections on the study of club drug users in metro New York. Subst Use Misuse. 2010;45:671-83 pubmed publisher
  12. Jones K, Flores G. The potential impact of Medicaid reform on the health care-seeking behavior of Medicaid-covered children: a qualitative analysis of parental perspectives. J Natl Med Assoc. 2009;101:213-22 pubmed
  13. Peterson C, Lu X, Drennan R, Zhu D. Hongshan chiefly communities in Neolithic northeastern China. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010;107:5756-61 pubmed publisher
    ..Future research should focus on documenting the organization of statuses and economic activities within these core zone communities to assess potential differences from peripheral communities in these regards. ..
  14. Danyuthasilpe C, Amnatsatsue K, Tanasugarn C, Kerdmongkol P, Steckler A. Ways of healthy aging: a case study of elderly people in a Northern Thai village. Health Promot Int. 2009;24:394-403 pubmed publisher
  15. Collingridge D, Gantt E. The quality of qualitative research. Am J Med Qual. 2008;23:389-95 pubmed publisher
    ..For each, the basic steps of data collection and analysis involved are presented, along with real-life examples of how they can contribute to improving medical care. ..
  16. Szymczak J, Brooks J, Volpp K, Bosk C. To leave or to lie? Are concerns about a shift-work mentality and eroding professionalism as a result of duty-hour rules justified?. Milbank Q. 2010;88:350-81 pubmed publisher
    ..Instead, the influence of DHR on professionalism is more complex than the conventional wisdom suggests and requires additional assessment. ..
  17. Bailey J. The "afterlife" of parenting: memory, parentage, and personal identity in Britain c. 1760-1830. J Fam Hist. 2010;35:249-70 pubmed
  18. Richards R. Writing the othered self: autoethnography and the problem of objectification in writing about illness and disability. Qual Health Res. 2008;18:1717-28 pubmed publisher
    ..I identify three types of illness autoethnography, one of which creates a tension between researcher as agent and researcher as object of research, and compels the reader to constantly realign himself or herself. ..
  19. Tarimo E, Kohi T, Outwater A, Blystad A. Gender roles and informal care for patients with AIDS: a qualitative study from an urban area in Tanzania. J Transcult Nurs. 2009;20:61-8 pubmed publisher
    ..The study findings demonstrate strong gendered implications for community and policy makers. ..
  20. Arteaga J. [Physical anthropology and human "zoos": the exhibition of natives as a scientific popularization practice on the threshold of the 20th century]. Asclepio. 2010;62:269-92 pubmed
    ..This paper presents a brief description of some of these scientific shows, and tries to relate them to contemporary human biology theories. ..
  21. Rebok S. Alexander von Humboldt's perceptions of colonial Spanish America. Dynamis. 2009;29:49-72 pubmed
    ..These considerations and impressions made during the expedition are of particular scholarly value since they were not subject to censorship of any kind. ..
  22. Salt R. Exploring women's participation in a U.S. Microcredit Program. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2010;42:270-7 pubmed publisher
    ..Nurses, as a trusted presence in the community, are in a position to partner with microcredit organizations to improve the health of clientele. ..
  23. Mkhwanazi N. Understanding teenage pregnancy in a post-apartheid South African township. Cult Health Sex. 2010;12:347-58 pubmed publisher
  24. Johnson B, Dunlap E, Benoit E. Organizing "mountains of words" for data analysis, both qualitative and quantitative. Subst Use Misuse. 2010;45:648-70 pubmed publisher
  25. Perrone D. Gender and sexuality in the field: a female ethnographer's experience researching drug use in dance clubs. Subst Use Misuse. 2010;45:717-35 pubmed publisher
    ..To address such challenges, the author provides both practical and procedural suggestions for researchers and research institutions. ..
  26. Trépied B. "Two colours, one people?": the paradoxes of the multiracial union Calédonienne in the commune of Koné (New Caledonia, 1951-1977). J Pac Hist. 2010;45:247-64 pubmed publisher
  27. Trad L, Tavares J, Soares C, Ripardo R. [Experience with treatment of high blood pressure in low-income families]. Cad Saude Publica. 2010;26:797-806 pubmed
    ..The study also detected a grasp and adaptation of technical health knowledge by families. ..
  28. Winterhalder B, Kennett D. Four neglected concepts with a role to play in explaining the origins of agriculture. Curr Anthropol. 2009;50:645-8 pubmed
  29. Nugent J. "None Must Meddle Betueene Man and Wife": assessing family and the fluidity of public and private in early modern Scotland. J Fam Hist. 2010;35:219-31 pubmed
    ..The moral church courts (Kirk Sessions) of Reformation Scotland allow a unique opportunity to begin to understand the largely elusive boundaries between public and private in the early modern era. ..
  30. Sims Gould J, Wiersma E, Arseneau L, Kelley M, Kozak J, Habjan S, et al. Care provider perspectives on end-of-life care in long-term-care homes: implications for whole-person and palliative care. J Palliat Care. 2010;26:122-9 pubmed
    ..Findings are discussed in relation to their implications for policies and practices that can support whole-person care and ultimately a good death for residents of LTC facilities. ..
  31. Gul R, Paul P, Olson J. Strengths and challenges of the first prelicensure baccalaureate of science in nursing program in Pakistan. J Prof Nurs. 2009;25:240-8 pubmed publisher
    ..However, various contextual issues and challenges in the nurses work environment have affected the utilization and retention of these graduates and hence the perceived outcome of the program. ..
  32. Schrauf R, Sanchez J. Using freelisting to identify, assess, and characterize age differences in shared cultural domains. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2008;63:S385-93 pubmed
    ..The concatenation of these techniques renders freelisting an accessible, easily administered tool for probing age and group differences in cultural domains. ..
  33. Roberts D. Learning in clinical practice: the importance of peers. Nurs Stand. 2008;23:35-41 pubmed
    ..Peer learning in clinical practice is an informal and underestimated aspect of clinical learning and is valued by students. ..
  34. Jacklin K. Diversity within: deconstructing aboriginal community health in Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve. Soc Sci Med. 2009;68:980-9 pubmed publisher
    ..The implications of intra-community variation in health status in First Nations are discussed in relation to influential health policy theories such as the determinants of health and health transfer policy in Canada. ..
  35. Kim J. Transcultural medicine: a multi-sited ethnography on the scientific-industrial networking of Korean medicine. Med Anthropol. 2009;28:31-64 pubmed publisher
    ..This article concludes that heterogeneous and unequal encounters between KM, science, and industry lead to simultaneous productions of new culture and power without reducing them to a single logic or center in a global age. ..
  36. Palsson G. Genomic anthropology: coming in from the cold?. Curr Anthropol. 2008;49:545-68 pubmed
  37. Jacobson C. The nightmares of Puerto Ricans: an embodied 'altered states of consciousness' perspective. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2009;33:266-89 pubmed publisher
    ..e., a reliving of trauma themes in dreams), I show how the perceptual and interpretive processes evoked by intensely affective ASCs both inform and are informed by Puerto Rican religious and spiritualistic orientations and values...
  38. Scelza B. The grandmaternal niche: Critical caretaking among Martu Aborigines. Am J Hum Biol. 2009;21:448-54 pubmed publisher
    ..These results suggest that Martu grandmothers are specializing in the type of care they provide and posits that high-quality allocare is an important pathway to increased health and survival of grandchildren. ..
  39. Barbosa R, Facchini R. [Access to sexual health care for women who have sex with women in São Paulo, Brazil]. Cad Saude Publica. 2009;25 Suppl 2:S291-300 pubmed
  40. Weeks M, Convey M, Dickson Gomez J, Li J, Radda K, Martinez M, et al. Changing drug users' risk environments: peer health advocates as multi-level community change agents. Am J Community Psychol. 2009;43:330-44 pubmed publisher
  41. Brotanek J, Schroer D, Valentyn L, Tomany Korman S, Flores G. Reasons for prolonged bottle-feeding and iron deficiency among Mexican-American toddlers: an ethnographic study. Acad Pediatr. 2009;9:17-25 pubmed publisher
    ..Parents supported educational interventions, including videos, brochures, and refrigerator magnet charts on healthy infant feeding practices. ..
  42. Spira M, Wall J. Cultural and intergenerational narratives: understanding responses to elderly family members in declining health. J Gerontol Soc Work. 2009;52:105-23 pubmed publisher
    ..One such situation occurs during chronic illness when the younger generation is called upon to provide for the elderly and chronically ill. ..
  43. Jenkins J, Carpenter Song E. Stigma despite recovery: strategies for living in the aftermath of psychosis. Med Anthropol Q. 2008;22:381-409 pubmed
  44. Dussart F. Diet, diabetes and relatedness in a central Australian Aboriginal settlement: some qualitative recommendations to facilitate the creation of culturally sensitive health promotion initiatives. Health Promot J Austr. 2009;20:202-7 pubmed
  45. Cohen C. Darwin on woman. C R Biol. 2010;333:157-65 pubmed publisher
    ..Thus, he opened the space for a rich reflection, which after him was widely developed and discussed in anthropological and gender studies. ..
  46. Hagman L. How New Mexico licensed registered nurses gained cultural self-efficacy and their stories. J Cult Divers. 2007;14:183-91 pubmed
    ..Data analysis revealed four major themes; experience, education, travel, and military service. Examples are provided for each theme. Participants also shared cultural stories/anecdotes ..
  47. Bern Klug M. A Framework for Categorizing Social Interactions Related to End-of-Life Care in Nursing Homes. Gerontologist. 2009;49:495-507 pubmed publisher
    ..Conversations about goals of care, and how these goals will be operationalized are important issues for discussion among residents (to the extent able), family, staff, and physicians. Social interactions, or the lack thereof, matter. ..
  48. Ho E, Bylund C. Models of health and models of interaction in the practitioner-client relationship in acupuncture. Health Commun. 2008;23:506-15 pubmed publisher
  49. Lindenbaum S. First impressions of the Fore. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2008;363:3648-9 pubmed publisher
  50. Crossley N. (Net)Working out: social capital in a private health club. Br J Sociol. 2008;59:475-500 pubmed publisher
  51. Souza M, Garnelo L. ["It sure ain't easy!": an ethnographic study of primary health care for patients with hypertension and/or diabetes in Manaus, Amazonas State, Brazil]. Cad Saude Publica. 2008;24 Suppl 1:S91-9 pubmed
    ..The health professionals display a limited capacity to hear problems outside the immediate focus of the program activity. The paper highlights the potential for using ethnography in evaluative research on health systems and services. ..
  52. Gradellini M, Fiaccadori C. [Health, death, illness, and nursing care concepts in Malagasi Antemoro Tribe]. Prof Inferm. 2010;63:87-92 pubmed
    ..Disease's concept is related to traditional healers; as a matter of facts, it exists a strong belief that diseases find origin from magician. ..
  53. Morrow M, Smith J, Lai Y, Jaswal S. Shifting landscapes: immigrant women and postpartum depression. Health Care Women Int. 2008;29:593-617 pubmed publisher