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World Health Day

Image result for universal health care symbolWorld Health Day is annually held on April 7, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO), to mark WHO’s founding, and is seen as an opportunity by the organization to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year. For more information and this year’s theme please visit WHO webpage.

In recognition of the day Berghahn would like to showcase a range of related titles, delivering scholarly, informed opinion. Valid through May 7th, we are pleased to offer a 25% discount on any of our Medical Anthropology titles ordered directly through Berghahn webpage. At checkout, simply enter the code WHD18.

Please note that all the titles listed below are also available as ebooks. More information is available here.


An Ethnography of Healthcare and Decision-Making in Bhutan
Jonathan Taee

Volume 4, WYSE Series in Social Anthropology


In the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, medical patients engage a variety of healing practices to seek cures for their ailments. Patients use the expanding biomedical network and a growing number of traditional healthcare units, while also seeking alternative practices, such as shamanism and other religious healing, or even more provocative practices. The Patient Multiple delves into this healthcare complexity in the context of patients’ daily lives and decision-making processes, showing how these unique mountain cultures are finding new paths to good health among a changing and multifaceted medical topography.

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Abortion Governance and Protest Logics in Europe
Edited by Silvia De Zordo, Joanna Mishtal, and Lorena Anton

Volume 20, Protest, Culture & Society


This volume analyses European abortion governance and explores how social movements, political groups, and individuals use protests and resistance to influence abortion policy. Drawing on case studies from Italy, Spain, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the European Union, it analyses the strategies and discourses of groups seeking to liberalise or restrict reproductive rights. It also illuminates the ways that reproductive rights politics intersect with demographic anxieties, as well as the rising nationalisms and xenophobia related to austerity policies, mass migration and the recent terrorist attacks in Europe.

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Living Before Dying: Imagining and Remembering HomeLIVING BEFORE DYING
Imagining and Remembering Home
Janette Davies
Foreword by Lord Nigel Crisp

Volume 41, New Directions in Anthropology


Living Before Dying is an important and timely contribution to a rising body of social scientific and bioethical work about dementia, including the anthropology of senility. It should be read by all those who want care to improve for older people, with and without dementia.” • Times Higher Education

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Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality: Social and Cultural Perspectives Series

Understanding the complex and multifaceted issue of human reproduction has been, and remains, of great interest both to academics and practitioners. This series includes studies by specialists in the field of social, cultural, medical, and biological anthropology, medical demography, psychology, and development studies. Current debates and issues of global relevance on the changing dynamics of fertility, human reproduction and sexuality are addressed.


Volume 36
Anthropological Approaches to the Heterogeneity of Modern Fertility Declines
Edited by Philip Kreager and Astrid Bochow


Fertility transition, rather than the story of the triumphant spread of Western birth control rationality, reveals a diversity of reproductive means and ends continuing before, during, and after transition. This collection brings together anthropological case studies, placing them in a comparative framework to address how fertility is simply one element of complex social structures, in which the formation and size of families is not decided solely or primarily by reproduction.

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Volume 35
Zsuzsa Berend


Zsuzsa Berend presents a methodologically innovative ethnography of, the largest surrogacy support website in the United States. Surrogates’ views emerge from the stories, debates, and discussions that unfold online. The Online World of Surrogacy documents these collective meaning-making practices and explores their practical, emotional, and moral implications. In doing so, the book works through themes of interest across the social sciences, including definitions of parenthood, the symbolic role of money, reproductive loss, altruism, and the moral valuation of relationships.

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Volume 27 In Paperback
Edited by Marcia C. Inhorn, Wendy Chavkin & José-Alberto Navarro


Globalized Fatherhood, with its 16 chapters and original research on fatherhood (and related topics) from more than 20 countries comes at an opportune time. This impressive volume,… covers a lot of ground…[It] is an ambitious offering that hits the mark in most of its chapters, and advances the research in a field that is sadly lacking in it. May there be more volumes on the topic –by these authors, and many others.” · Gender & Development

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Volume 26 In Paperback
An American Cultural Dilemma
Cecília Tomori


“This work will be useful for medical anthropologists and professionals at all levels of reproductive health care and family medicine. It offers important ethnographic analysis relevant to feminist anthropology, women’s and gender studies, and cross-cultural and bio-evolutionary perspectives on kinship and family.” · Medical Anthropology Quarterly

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Food, Nutrition, and Culture Series

Taking an anthropological perspective, this book series provides a forum for thought-provoking work on the bio-cultural, cultural, and social aspects of human nutrition and food habits. The books in this series present timely food-related scholarship intended for researchers, academics, students, and those involved in food policy.


Volume 6
Negotiating Infant Feeding
Penny Van Esterik and Richard A. O’Connor


The Dance of Nurture integrates ethnography, biology and the political economy of infant feeding into a holistic framework guided by the metaphor of dance. It includes a critique of efforts to improve infant feeding practices globally by UN agencies and advocacy groups concerned with solving global nutrition and health problems.

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Volume 4
Negotiating Anorexia
Richard A. O’ Connor and Penny van Esterik


“I found this to be a top-notch scholarly work written in a way that will be accessible for diverse audiences including students, professional clinicians, academics, and the interested lay public.”  ·  Janet Dixon Keller, University of Illinois

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Volume 2 In Paperback
The Meaning of Measures and the Measure of Meanings
Edited by Megan McCullough and Jessica Hardin
Afterword by Stephen T. McGarvey


“This is not a book that seeks to discredit health research and leave others to do the work of finding a better way to conduct it; rather, it aims to improve health research by providing useful avenues for critique and suggestions for ways forward. In this sense, it works as a very practical guide for those working in the health professions, whether as researchers or healthcare providers, to better understand “obesity” and “overweight” and, importantly, fat people in social and environmental context… it makes a welcome and necessary intervention into the business of health research, provision, and discourse, as well as its public reception.” · Fat Studies Journal

Epistemologies of Healing Series

This series publishes monographs and edited volumes on indigenous (so-called traditional) medical knowledge and practice, alternative and complementary medicine, and ethnobiological studies that relate to health and illness. The emphasis of the series is on the way indigenous epistemologies inform healing, against a background of comparison with other practices, and in recognition of the fluidity between them.


Capturing Quicksilver: The Position, Power, and Plasticity of Chinese Medicine in SingaporeVolume 17 Forthcoming

The Position, Power, and Plasticity of Chinese Medicine in Singapore
Arielle Ann Smith


This book examines the use and practice of Chinese medicine in Singapore, especially in everyday life, and contributes to anthropological debates regarding the post-colonial intersection of knowledge, identity, and governmentality, and to transnational studies of Chinese medicine as a permeable, plural, and fluid practice.


Ritual Retellings: Luangan Healing Performances through PracticeVolume 16

Luangan Healing Performances through Practice
Isabell Herrmans


Departing from the conception that rituals exist as ethereal, liminal or insulated traditional domains, this volume demonstrates the importance of understanding rituals as emergent within their specific historical and social settings. It offers an analysis of a number of concrete ritual performances, exemplifying a diversity of ritual genres, stylistic modalities and sensual ambiences, from low-key, habitual affairs to drawn-out, crowd-seizing community rituals and innovative, montage-like cultural experiments.

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Anthropology in Action

Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice


Anthropology in Action (AIA) is a peer-reviewed journal publishing articles, commentaries, research reports, and book reviews in applied anthropology. The journal provides a forum for debate and analysis for anthropologists working both inside and outside academia and aims to promote communication amongst practitioners, academics and students of anthropology in order to advance the cross-fertilisation of expertise and ideas.

Special Issue: Negotiating Care in Uncertain Settings and Looking Beneath the Surface of Health Governance Projects


Anthropology of the Middle East


This peer-reviewed journal provides a forum for scholarly exchange between anthropologists and other social scientists working in and on the Middle East. The journal’s aim is to disseminate, on the basis of informed analysis and insight, a better understanding of Middle Eastern cultures and thereby to achieve a greater appreciation of Middle Eastern contributions to our culturally diverse world.

Featured Article: Women and Sexuality in Contemporary Iran: When HIV Meets Government Morality
Kristin Soraya Batmanghelichi


The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology


The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology is an international, peer-reviewed journal committed to publishing leading scholarship in contemporary anthropology. Geographically diverse articles provide a range of theoretical or ethical perspectives, from the traditional to the mischievous or subversive, and aim to offer new insights into the worlds in which we live.

Featured Article: “But Isn’t It the Baby that Decides When It Will Be Born?” Women’s Embodied Experiences of Giving Birth
Joanna White


Boyhood Studies

An Interdisciplinary Journal


Boyhood Studies is a peer-reviewed journal providing a forum for the discussion of boyhood, young masculinities, and boys’ lives by exploring the full scale of intricacies, challenges, and legacies that inform male and masculine developments.

Featured Article: The Biologically Vulnerable Boy: Framing Sex Differences in Childhood Infectious Disease Mortality
Heather T. Battles


Girlhood Studies

An Interdisciplinary Journal


Girlhood Studies is a peer-reviewed journal providing a forum for the critical discussion of girlhood from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, and for the dissemination of current research and reflections on girls’ lives to a broad, cross-disciplinary audience of scholars, researchers, practitioners in the fields of education, social service and health care and policy makers.

Special Issue: Girls and their Health

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