What is critical global health? — Vincanne Adams

Saúde Global

matMAT – The provocation of this collection of think pieces, and the ‘Critical Global Health: Evidence, Efficacy, Ethnography’ book series from which it draws, is the question: what is ‘critical global health’?To answer, I think one must begin with the prior question: what is ‘global health’? Before we turn to the possibility of critical engagement, that is, we might revisit the widely shared sentiment among many medical anthropologists who had devoted years to the work of ‘international health’ that ‘global health’ was itself a bit of a thief.

In the halls of anthropology departments and at our professional meetings, there was a palpable feeling of being hijacked. The long-term commitment to whatever it was many of us in anthropology had been doing for many decades (health development, international health, human rights health) was being pulled out from under us, like a rug from under some heavy furniture, as this new…

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