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Help-seekers, Callers and Clients: Embodied History in China’s Psy‐boom

Barclay Bram | https://doi.org/10.1111/maq.12578 Ms. Zhou, Ms. Liu, and Ms. Wen represent three generations of psychological counselors in China. They all work in Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan province. China is in the midst of what scholars call the “psy‐boom.” This is generally defined as the rapid rise in psychological services in the country. […]

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The Corruption Game: Health Systems, International Agencies, and the State in South Asia

Svea Closser | https://doi.org/10.1111/maq.12549 Sign painted on a government health post wall in Nepal.Photo by Svea Closser Drawing on ethnographic material collected in Pakistan, India, and Nepal, this article analyzes patterns of corruption in vaccination programs in South Asia. Corrupt practices—which required substantial work—were deeply shaped by both the money and systems of accountability of […]

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Performing Pimâtisiwin : The Expression of Indigenous Wellness Identities through Community‐based Theater

Andrew R Hatala, Kelley Bird-Naytowhow | https://doi.org/10.1111/maq.12575 The performing arts can be a powerful means of wellness, identity exploration, and positive social representation for Indigenous young people. In this article, we outline the results of a year‐long collaborative study that explored Indigenous young peoples’ relationships between the performing arts, wellness, and resilience. Twenty in‐depth interviews […]

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Caregiving in Crisis: Fatherhood Refashioned by Sierra Leone’s Ebola Epidemic

Kristen E. McLean | https://doi.org/10.1111/maq.12556 Father and son walk hand-in-hand. Photo by, Kristen E. McLean. Caption could read, In much of the literature on Sierra Leone, young men have been recognized for perpetrating violence or resisting authority. This characterization extended into the Ebola crisis, as young men were depicted as “resisting” public health measures. In […]

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Inequalities in the Age of Universal Health Coverage: Young Chileans with Diabetes Negotiating for Their Right to Health

Marcela González‐Agüero, Richard Chenhall, Prabhathi Basnayake, Cathy Vaughan | https://doi.org/10.1111/maq.12555 While universal health coverage (UHC) has been praised as a powerful means to reduce inequalities and improve access to health globally, little has been said about how patients experience and understand its implementation locally. In this article, we explore the experiences of young Chileans with […]

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Identified Patient: Apartheid Syndrome, Political Therapeutics, and Generational Care in South Africa

Stephen McIsaac | https://doi.org/10.1111/maq.12542 Photo by: Stephen McIsaac In contemporary South Africa, racism, economic exclusion, and spatial segregation remain trenchant features of everyday life 25 years after the end of apartheid. In this article, I show how therapeutic practices by black South Africans in one of the country’s largest townships address the ongoing legacies of […]

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Sowa Rigpa Humanitarianism: Local Logics of Care within a Global Politics of Compassion

Sienna R. Craig, Barbara Gerke, Victoria Sheldon | https://doi.org/10.1111/maq.12561 This article examines the circulation of humanitarian ideas, materials, and actions in a non‐biomedical and non‐Judeo–Christian context: Sowa Rigpa or Tibetan medical camps in India and Nepal. Through these camps, practitioners and patients alike often overtly articulate Sowa Rigpa medicine as part of a broader humanitarian […]

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‘boats here, boats there’ CC BY 2006 Vladimer Shioshvili

Care in Trouble: Ecologies of Support from Below and Beyond

Vincent Duclos, Tomás Sánchez Criado | https://doi.org/10.1111/maq.12540 ‘boats here, boats there’ CC BY 2006 Vladimer Shioshvili Over the last decades, care has proliferated as a notion aimed at capturing a vast array of practices, conditions, and sentiments. In this article, we argue that the analytics of care may benefit from being troubled, as it too […]

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The Global Psyche: Experiments in the Ethics and Politics of Mental Life

Across hemispheres, nations, and domains of social life, the language of psychiatry and mental health constitutes an increasingly universal frame for suffering while also expressing a human condition ever more liberated from and ever more alienated by medical knowledge. The use of psychiatric labels and discourses as tools of governance in the face of violence […]

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Toxic Environments and the Embedded Psyche

A discussion of the recent transition to a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, opens this article. The need to declare a new era has been declared necessary by geologists, together with other scientists and critical commentators due to the inordinate amount of human-made destruction being imposed on the globe and its inhabitants. This destruction disproportionally […]

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