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Global health and the globalisation of health

Santé globale et globalisation de la santé

For an anthropology of the global policies of health

Pour une anthropologie des politiques globales de santé

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Published on Thursday, June 27, 2013 by Élodie Faath

Summary

The Journal des anthropologues intends to investigate the role of international organizations in Global Health politics, but also suggests to study the contemporary importance of major philanthropic foundations (Global Fund, Ford, Gates or historically the Rockefeller Foundation), as central political key-players. Likewise, a vibrant anthropological approach of the for-profit world, pharmaceutical firms and thousands of private health service providers (clinics, pharmacies, African shops), should analyze the mutations that affect different societies with the increasing diffusion of standards and health practices. The journal of anthropologists would like to focus on an analysis of the political consequences of the evolution of global health policies, in relation with the ideologies they foster.

Announcement

Argument

The concept of global health historically intersects the history of epidemiological shocks and their expansion around the Globe. However, the invention of the concept is more recent and may have been part of a strategy of WHO to ensure a position of leadership in the field of health. One of the major issues of our world deals with the notions of risk and security: how to resist global threats is a policy concern that cannot only be tackled at the nation State level, and global health is one the major axis of the present global governance. The concept of "Global health" in international institutions also refers to a form of political legitimation of the actions supported by international organizations, in the name "of the world", of humanity as a whole.

The Journal des anthropologues intends to investigate the role of international organizations in Global Health politics, but also suggests to study the contemporary importance of major philanthropic foundations (Global Fund, Ford, Gates or historically the Rockefeller Foundation), as central political key-players. Likewise, a vibrant anthropological approach of the for-profit world, pharmaceutical firms and thousands of private health service providers (clinics, pharmacies, African shops), should analyze the mutations that affect different societies with the increasing diffusion of standards and health practices. The journal of anthropologists would like to focus on an analysis of the political consequences of the evolution of global health policies, in relation with the ideologies they foster.

An example of the revival of the anthropology of health may be found in the studies conducted on clinical trials in the Global South and their interactions with activist groups and NGO, which are not only new economic operators of health, but also strategies for patients to get access to treatment. Conceptual innovations such as therapeutic citizenship, clinical trials offshoring, comprehensive management of pandemics through global programs (PEPFAR, Global Fund) and, finally, the question of the "triage" of patients in access to global programs represent important new perspective on global health issues. Can these analyses be generalized to other contexts? How can we generate operating concepts at the global level? Global health has paradoxically contributed to the separation of diseases from the sick. Tackled by global programs with global priorities to respond to the political intentions of international funds, the targeted pandemics become international priorities, while others attract little international attention. How can we, as anthropologists, evaluate these failures and biases that modify the very notion of a citizenship now attached to the biological conditions of being ill or living with a deadly virus"? What are the status, the place and the development of ethical standards in the clinical testing business and how is anthropology contributing to the construction of ethics in clinical experimentation?

Finally, how are the forces at work of global health impacting the image of the body and the ideal of good health? Through which mechanisms health is integrated into the global market, with its price and cost constraints? Which interpretative elements can we learn from other disciplines such as psychiatry or sexology regarding globalized health? The rise of new technologies, health social networks and the sprouting of patient groups bring a new deal to the global health field and actively promote the dissemination of knowledge and the possibilities of disease self-management. What are the impacts on patients’ autonomy? Do these phenomena reflect a new therapeutic ideology and the emergence of counter-powers to global institutions and companies? This call for papers is open to articles dealing with patients’ empowerment, the development of treatment standards, clinical trial protocols and their consequences.

Submission guidelines

Abstract submission due before December 1st 2013 (5000 signs)

Coordinators await your proposals for articles for March 1st 2014, with copy to the redaction of the Journal des anthropologue (afa@msh-paris.fr) in Word format. The articles must not exceed 40 000 signs.

Publication: second semester 2014

Coordination

Date(s)

  • Sunday, December 01, 2013

Keywords

  • santé, globalisation, politiques publiques, institutions internationales, industrie pharmaceutique

Contact(s)

  • Marie Bonnet
    courriel : mbonnet [at] ehess [dot] fr
  • Mathieu Caulier
    courriel : matcaulier [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Daniel Delanoë
    courriel : daniel [dot] delanoe [at] wananoo [dot] fr

Information source

  • Mathieu Caulier
    courriel : matcaulier [at] gmail [dot] com

To cite this announcement

« Global health and the globalisation of health », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, June 27, 2013, https://calenda.org/254245

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