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Feminist Critical Medical Anthropology Methodologies

The author is a critical feminist medical anthropologist who has been engaged in ethnographic research on women's health issues in India for the past 25 years. Drawing from her own research experiences, this paper explores the methodologies entailed in research as a feminist critical medical anthropologist: by unpacking core methodological assumptions behind each component of her disciplinary position, introducing methodologies at each level--sociocultural anthropology, medical anthropology, critical medical anthropology, and finally feminist critical medical anthropology. It also examines how she has operationalised the fusion of these methodological approaches in her own research projects. The ways in which the findings from this research have contributed to our understanding of gender and can be useful for improving healthcare for women are also discussed.

Towards Equality in Healthcare

The Rapid Survey on Children shows a new trend of an increased access to healthcare by marginalised communities like Dalits, Adivasis and Other Backward Classes which have made substantial gains in the last decade. However much needs to be achieved in the realm of nutrition and sanitation where these communities remain acutely deprived.

Illegal Kidney Transplants

Making options other than kidney transplant affordable will help curtail trade in kidneys.

Understanding Government Failure in Public Health Services

High absenteeism, low quality in clinical care, low satisfaction levels with care and rampant corruption plague public health services in India. This has led to mistrust of the system and the rapid growth of private services. This paper develops an analytical framework to understand the status of healthcare in India. Drawing on a model of public sector accountability, it argues that a weak voice and low accountability is the key binding constraint to effective delivery.

Child Labour and Food Security

Coming to Grips with Rural Child Work. A Food Security Approach by Rira Ramachandran and Lionel Massun (editors); Institute for Human Development, New Delhi, 2002 ; pp 468, Rs 750.

Promoting Public-Private Partnership in Health Services

The concept of public-private partnership (PPP) in health services has been increasingly adopted as an alternative option by state governments. This essay explores one such model, the Rogi Kalyan Samiti, in MP's Badnagar tehsil.

Adolescent Obesity: An Epidemic in the Offing?

Obesity rates have already reached alarming proportions in high income countries, and are rising rapidly in developing countries, especially among families that are both resource and time constrained. If measures are not taken to head off the problem in countries like India, the consequences could be dire.

Surgical Instruments Industry at Jalandhar

The surgical instruments industry concentrated in Punjab's Jalandhar district remains rooted in obsolete production processes and dominated by the unorganised labour sector. However, the industry needs sustained interventions, spearheaded by the state and industry associations to withstand the threat it now faces from liberalisation.

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