About Tazin Daniels

Doctoral candidate in Medical Anthropology.

W6 Reflection Post Prompt

Title: Choose an area or intersection of applied medical anthropology to investigate further (Clinical Medical Anthropology, Public health and Med Anthro, Epidemiology and Med Anthro, Global health and Med Anthro, Community health and Med Anthro, etc.)

Body: (300-400 words)

  • Explain why you picked this intersection and how it applies to your personal interests or future career
  • Imagine you are working for a provider in that area of healthcare who is NOT an anthropologist  (doctor, epidemiologist, nurse, NGO, insurance company, hospital, etc). Explain how taking an anthropological is useful in this particular area – use examples for the course materials and cite your outside sources.

Comment: (200-300 words)

  • Pick someone with the SAME or similar topic as you. Evaluate their reflection – are there additional ways medical anthropology can contribute to this intersection they overlooked?
  • Explain how you think this class will affect your own interaction with health care and health care providers in the future.

Category: “W6 Activity”

Post Due: Friday 8/10

Comment Due: Sunday 8/12

W6 Activity Post Prompt

Title: Pick a global health problem in a specific area to discuss (HIV in Malawi, sexual health in India, infant mortality in China, FGM in the Sudan, etc.)

Body: (300-400 words)

  • Describe the global health problem from your title – what are the origins? What are the cultural, social, political, etc. factors that facilitate it? What are people, governments, NGOs, etc. trying to do to address it? Cite your sources!
  • Identify an anthropologist working in this area and describe their work. Cite the article(s) you are referring to!

Comment: (200-300 words)

  • Pick a post that addresses a different global health issue from you
  • Drawing from the course materials, identify the theory and methods the anthropologist used to address this global health problem.
  • Comment on how you think applying anthropology contributed to a better understanding of this global health problem? Use specific examples.

Category: “W6 Activity”

Post Due: Friday 8/10

Comment Due: Sunday 8/12

W5 Activity Post Prompt

Title: Pick a condition that is heavily medicalized or biomedicalized in our society (e.g. obesity, alcoholism, ADHD, erectile dysfunction, etc)

Body: (300-400 words)

  • Explain why you think this condition is bio/medicalized in U.S. culture. What are the cultural, political, economic, etc. forces that now re-frame this condition as an “illness” that required biomedical intervention? Refer to the Conrad article for ideas and cite your outside sources
  • Find a link to an advertisement for a medication that treats this condition and include it in your post
  • Using my birth control lecture as an example, conduct a media analysis of this advertisement and identify
    • Advertising strategies
    • Cultural values and ideologies
    • Social Roles
    • Presentation of medical information
    • Doctor patient interactions

Comment: (200-300 words)

  • Pick a post with a different condition and look at the advertisement they are analyzing
  • Reflect on their analysis – do you agree? Is there something they didn’t consider?
  • Describe the role of medications in American society in the contexts of medicalization and biomedicalization? What does it say about our cultural values and ideologies about health, wellbeing and success? Use examples from the readings and film

Category: “W4 Activity”

Post Due: Friday 8/3

Comment Due: Sunday 8/5

W5 Reflection Post Prompt

Title: Choose a dichotomy in biomedicine to analyze further (e.g. life/death, nature/culture, male/female, mind/body, medication/enhancement, doctor/patient, healthy/sick, etc.)

Body: (300-400 words)

  • What do we mean by the “culture of biomedicine” and why is this an important concept? Draw on the materials from this week to answer this question.
  • Explain your own personal views on dichotomy and where you think they came from?
  • Why you think this dichotomy is accepted as logical/natural/true in western society?

Comment: (200-300 words)

  • Pick a post with a different dichotomy in their title to analyze
  • Explain why you think it is important for clinicians to understand this particular dichotomy? What are the potential implications if they take it for granted as fact?
  • What’s an alternative way to conceptualize this dichotomy? Use your example to demonstrate potential benefits and drawbacks of alternative approaches in biomedicine.

Category: “W5 Reflection”

Post Due: Friday 8/3

Comment Due: Sunday 8/5

W4 Reflection Post Prompt

Title: Choose a subjective medical condition from this week’s materials that is contested in our culture (e.g. fibromyalgia, RLS, chronic pain, bipolar, post-partum depression, etc.)

Body: (300-400 words)

  • Elaborate on the medical condition in your title and explain how culture and biomedicine can influence the illness experience? Use examples from the course materials to explain your answer. If you use outside sources, make sure to cite them.
  • How do you think this influences the management and treatment of this condition?
  • What do you think the connection is between belief and healing? Use examples from the film “Placebo: Cracking the Code” as well as your own experiences.

Comment: (200-300 words)

  • Select a post that discusses a different contested medical condition
  • What are your own biomedical and cultural perceptions of this illness?
  • Now that you have gone through the course materials, where do you think these views came from?

Category: “W3 Reflection”

Post Due: Friday 7/27

Comment Due: Sunday 7/29

W4 Activity Post Prompt

Title: Choose an episode of True Life dealing with a medical condition from this list [link] to analyze for this activity post and write the title of it (e.g. “I have an embarrassing medical condition”)

*** I have noticed that some of you are picking episodes that do not directly deal with the biomedical system such as “I am a shopoholic”, etc. If you do pick an episode like this, you will be required to explain exactly why you interpreted this to be a “medical condition” and this episode to be reflective of an “illness narrative”. Otherwise you will not get points for your post.***

Body: (300-400 words)

  • Summarize the episode and identify the following themes:
    • Type of narrative (Restitution, Chaos, Quest)
    • Use of narrative
    • Culture and Stigma
    • Experiences with medical professionals
    • The sick role – rights and responsibilities
  • Discuss the usefulness of illness narratives to patients/family/healthcare providers – cite materials from this week to support your answer

Comment: (200-300 words)

  • Pick a post that analyzed a different episode of True Life
  • Find another illness narrative (youtube/website/blog/article, etc.) that reflects on the same medical condition as discussed in the true life episode your classmate chose – cite it and link to it.
  • Compare the experience of this patient to the ones described in the original post – what factors do you think influenced their experience (culture, family, gender, socio-economic status, etc.)

Category: “W4 Activity”

Post Due: Friday 7/27

Comment Due: Sunday 7/29

W3 Reflection Post Prompt

Title: This week we have seen several examples of healers in various ethnomedical systems and healthcare sectors. Choose one to reflect on further (e.g. “Clown Doctors in NYC, Shamans in Mongolia, Medical Doctors in Japan, etc)

Body: (300-400 words)

  • Summarize the article/link/film(s) you are reflecting on
  • Who are the healers, what is their social status, what techniques do they use, and how do they interact with their patients?
  • Describe the system/sector(s) and the culture they operate in – How is healthcare delivered in this system? How are the body and symptoms understood and treated?

Comment: (200-300 words)

  • Choose a post that identified a different healer and/or system in their title
  • How do they compare to biomedical doctors and/or how healthcare is delivered in the U.S.? Do these healers seem credible, legitimate, effective, etc? Justify your answer

Category: “W3 Reflection”

Post Due: Friday 7/20

Comment Due: Sunday 7/22

W3 Activity Post Prompt

Title: Write the name of a “culture-bound syndrome” (CBS) you want to research further and the name of the culture it is associated with (e.g. “Anorexia in the United States”) – choose something different than the ones discussed in the lecture this week.

Body: (300-400 words)

  • Find a scholarly, peer reviewed article that discusses this CBS and summarize it. (Make sure to cite and link to the article)
  • Discuss the biological, cultural and individual dimensions of the illness
  • Explain how it is being evaluated/treated in various medical models/sectors of that culture.

Comment: (200-300 words)

  • Choose a post that identified a different CBS in their title
  • Explain why you think this illness should or shouldn’t be regarded as a CBS – what are the advantages/disadvantages?
  • How might this condition be explained in a different ethnomedical system or in a different culture?

 Category: “W3 Activity”

Post Due: Friday 7/20

Comment Due: Sunday 7/22

W2 Activity Post Prompt

Title: Choose ONE of the three Unnatural Causes episodes you watched to analyze in this post – write the title here (e.g. “When the Bough Breaks”)

Body: (300-400 words)

  • How did you do on the Health Equity Quiz? (be honest!) Which statistics did you find the most surprising?
  • We often think that development, urbanization, and globalization mean greater health among local populations. However, this is not always the case. Pick one of the case studies from the unnatural causes episodes and summarize it.
  • Explain how politics, economics, environment, culture, biology and individual choice influence the development, spread and treatment of illness.

Comment: (200-300 words)

  • Pick a post which analyzes a different case study.
  • Discuss a possible solution to this health problem based on the summary in the post.
    • Is your solution political? Biological? Individual? Economical?…
    • Who should be responsible for alleviating this health problem? Locals? Doctors? The government?…
    • What are the potential pros and cons of this solution?

Category: “W2 Activity”

Post Due: Friday 7/13

Comment Due: Sunday 7/15

W2 Reflection Post Prompt

Title: Write down the “race/s” you identify with and a health disparity that is disproportionately prevalence among that group.  (e.g. “Hypertension among African Americans”, “Cystic Fibrosis among White Americans”, “Cervical Cancer among Asian women”, etc)

Body: (300-400 words)

  • Insert a graph or image illustrating this health disparity CITE YOUR SOURCE
  • Explain the health disparity you chose in your title and explain why you think it is so prevalent among that group (genetic factors? social determinants?…) CITE YOUR SOURCES
  • Based on the materials from this week, explain the relationship between race, genetics, and health. Be thorough in your explanation and use examples from class.

Comment: (200-300 words)

  • Choose a post that identified a different health disparity in their title
  • Read through their post and evaluate their explanation of the relationship between race, genetics and health? Is there something they didn’t consider? Did they mention something you wouldn’t have considered?
  • Tell them how useful you think racial categories are in clinical studies and offer them a better way of talking about racialized health disparities.

Category: “W2 Reflection”

Post Due: Friday 7/13

Comment Due: Sunday 7/15