Inequality, Culture and Health

The Inequality, Culture and Health 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

  • Ashleigh J. Rich, Nathan J. Lachowsky, Zishan Cui, Paul Sereda, Allan Lal, David M. Moore, Robert S. Hogg and Eric A. Roth, 2015 - "Event-Level Analysis of Anal Sex Roles and Sex Drug Use Among Gay and Bisexual Men in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada."  Archives of Sexual Behavior 44 no. 7. DOI 10.1007/s10508-015-0607-0.

  • Ashleigh J. Rich, Nathan J. Lachowsky, Zishan Cui, Paul Sereda, Allan Lal, Robert Birch, Julio Montaner, David M. Moore, Robert S. Hogg and Eric A. Roth, 2015 - Substance use, sexual behaviour and prevention strategies of Vancouver gay and bisexual men who recently attended group sex events. Culture, Health and Sexuality. DOI:

  • Butt, Leslie, 2015 - Living in HIV-land: Mobility and Seropositivity in Highlands Papua. In M. Slama and J. Munro (Eds.), From Stone Age to Real Time: Temporalities and Mobilities in West Papua. Canberra: ANU E-Press.

  • Leslie Butt, 2014 -  Sexual Tensions: HIV-positive Women in Papua. In S. Graham Davies and L.R. Bennett (Eds.), Sexing Indonesia: Sexual Politics, Diversity, and Representation in the Reformasi Era. London: Routledge.

  • Daromir Rudnyckyj, 2014 - Regimes of Self-Improvement: Globalization and the Will to Work. Social Text. 32(3): 109-127.

  • Daromir Rudnyckyj, 2014 - Economy in Practice: Islamic Finance and the Problem of Market Reason.  American Ethnologist.  41(1):110-127.

  • Lisa M. Mitchell, 2014 - 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

  • Rebecca Kukla, Miriam Kupperman, Margaret Little, Anne D. Lyerly, Lisa M. Mitchell, Elizabeth Armstrong, and Lisa Harris,  2009 - Finding Autonomy in Birth. Bioethics [Special Issue: Reproductive Autonomy] 23(1):1-8.

  • Loignon, Christine and Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier, 2012 - From Paternalism to Benevolent Coaching. Canadian Family Physician, Nov. 58:1194-1195.