Focuses on illness because it is often at moments of intense ruptures in the normalcy of the body’s functioning that individuals/societies reflect on the taken-for-granted assumptions about self, family community, social and political institutions, the relation between normal and pathological, the roles of healers and patients, life and death. Writing about illness and the body is a form of therapeutic action. Examines such claims and writings done by those facing bodily distress. (E)
Prerequisites & Notes Prerequisite: For undergraduates: ANTH 224, ANTH 360, SOC 428; instructor permission for graduate students.