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When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health

João Biehl and Adriana Petryna


This book critically assesses the expanding field of global health. It brings together an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars to address the medical, social, political, and economic dimensions of the global health enterprise through vivid case studies and bold conceptual work. The book demonstrates the crucial role of ethnography as an empirical lantern in global health, arguing for a more comprehensive, people-centered approach. Topics include the limits of technological quick fixes in disease control, the moral economy of global health science, the unexpected effects of mas ... More

Keywords: global health, ethnography, disease control, global health science, health activism, social theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691157382
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691157382.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

João Biehl, editor
Princeton University/Upenn

Adriana Petryna, editor

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Front Matter

Critical Global Health

João Biehl and Adriana Petryna

I Evidence

4 Children as Victims

Didier Fassin

II Interventions

5 Therapeutic Clientship

Susan Reynolds Whyte, Michael A. Whyte, Lotte Meinert, and Jenipher Twebaze

7 The Next Epidemic

Julie Livingston

III Markets

9 Public-Private Mixes

Stefan Ecks and Ian Harper

12 Legal Remedies

João Biehl and Adriana Petryna


Michael M. J. Fischer