Culture, Health and Inequality

The Culture, Health and Inequality theme recognizes the significance of understanding the role of social inequality and cultural interpretations in shaping human experience and addressing pressing global issues.

A concern with inequality brings together scholars across anthropology's subfields whose research highlights the social, cultural, and historical construction of inequalities of age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, racialization, and wealth in contexts of colonialism, postcolonialism, and globalization.

With extensive faculty expertise in medical anthropology and the political economy of social inequality, a prominent focus in this thematic area of research is the critical analysis of meaning, suffering and agency among marginalized and vulnerable populations.

Take a look at the ongoing research page for more information about current research projects related to this theme.

Recent publications

  • 2017 - Butt, L., H. Beazley and J. Ball. Migrant mothers and the sedentary child bias: constraints on child circulation in Indonesia. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, Issue 4.
  • 2017 - Ball, J, Butt, L. and H. Beazley. Birth Registration and Protection for Children of Transnational Labor Migrants in Indonesia, Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, Special issue on ‘Irregularity, Statelessness and Protection in Southeast Asia’, Issue 3.
  • 2018 - Thayne Werdal and Lisa M. Mitchell, “Looking out for each other”: Street Involved Youth’s Perspectives on Friendship. Anthropologica. 60: 1-13

  • 2017 - Lisa M. Mitchell and Marion Selfridge. “Because that’s what we do… we sit and we drink and we talk”: Stories and Storytelling among Street Involved Youth. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures 9(2): 91-111.

  • 2017 - Roberts, Jen and Lisa M. Mitchell, “It’s Your Body, Your Decision”: An Anthropological Exploration of HPV Vaccine Hesitancy. In, Public Health in the Age of Anxiety. Paul Bramadat, Maryse Guay, Julie Bettinger and Réal Roy, eds. University of Toronto Press.  University of Toronto Press, pp. 293-320.

  • 2016 - Lisa M. Mitchell, Time with Babe: Seeing Fetal Remains after Pregnancy Termination for Impairment. Medical Anthropology Quarterly. Pre-Press Online: 15 Nov 2014. DOI: 10.1111/maq.12173.
  • Roth, E., Cui, Z., Rich, A., Lachowsky, N., Card, K., Armstrong, H., Sereda, P., Moore, D. & Hogg, R. 2018.  Substance use patterns of gay and bisexual men in the Momentum Health Study. American Journal of Men's Health, 12(5):1759-1773.

  • Roth, E., Cui, Z., Rich, A., Lachowsky, N., Card, K., Armstrong, H., Sereda, P., Moore, D. & Hogg, R. (2018). Repeated measures analysis of hazardous drinking among gay and bisexual men in the Momentum Health Study. Substance Use and Misuse, 53(5):816-827.

  • 2018 - Rudnyckyj, Daromir. “Crisis Effects,” Cultural Anthropology. 33(4).

  • 2017 - Rudnyckyj, Daromir and Filippo Osella. Religion and the Morality of the Market. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.