Health and Life Conditions Research Group (HALC)
The anthropology of health has been a priority area at the department since the 1980s. Over the years, teaching, research and PhD training have developed and diversified this field. Starting with an interest in culturally specific perceptions of illness and therapeutic itineraries, the field has taken on a more global perspective, while maintaining commitment to in-depth ethnography.
Changing patterns of demography, disease and disability present new challenges. So do the rapid development and appropriation of biomedical technology in the broad sense of devices, health data, medicines, techniques, and health programmes. A focus on power, sociality, health consciousness, institutional practices and lived experiences characterises many of our research projects. The classic comparative method attends to social differences and inequities within, as well as between, societies.
Find HALC's current research projects under Research at the Department of Antropology website.
Department researchers are exploring healthcare systems as composed of biomedical institutions together with patient organisations, government interventions, research initiatives, commercial enterprises, family and self-care.
Examples of research areas include:
- political, medical and social responses to epidemics
- care for chronic conditions
- appropriation of new technologies for diagnosis and care
- changing management of reproductive health
- innovative health care interventions
Changes and diversity in life conditions affect disease patterns and consciousness of health issues. Demographic, economic, political and social conditions shape life chances and life concerns. They involve knowledge, communication and materiality as well as positions in life courses and communities.
Research into these issues focuses on:
- patterns of social support
- aging and ideals of the good life
- gender and kinship
- morality and care
- intimate others and mental health
- security and subjectivity
|Astrid Andrea Anesen
|Head of Department
|Hanne Overgaard Mogensen
|Maria Athena Campbell
|Enrolled PhD Student
|Susan Reynolds Whyte
|Tine Mette Gammeltoft
|Vladimir Alejandro Ariza Montañez
|Enrolled PhD Student