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Journal Article

The Anthropology of Pharmaceuticals: A Biographical Approach

Sjaak van der Geest, Susan Reynolds Whyte and Anita Hardon
Annual Review of Anthropology
Vol. 25 (1996), pp. 153-178
Published by: Annual Reviews
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2155822
Page Count: 26
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Abstract

This review discusses pharmaceuticals as social and cultural phenomena by following their "life cycle" from production, marketing, and prescription to distribution, purchasing, consumption, and finally their efficacy. Each phase has its own particular context, actors, and transactions and is characterized by different sets of values and ideas. The anthropology of pharmaceuticals is relevant to medical anthropology and health policy. It also touches the heart of general anthropology with its long-time interest in the concepts of culture vs nature, symbolization and social transformation, and its more recent concerns with the cultural construction of the body and processes of globalization and localization. The study of transactions and meanings of pharmaceuticals in diverse social settings provides a particularly appropriate empirical base for addressing these new theoretical issues.

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