Part of the Anthropologies of American Medicine: Culture, Power, and Practice series
- "If there was ever a time to shed light on the policies fostering health care inequality in the United States, that time is now. The contributors to this volume invite us to consider how healthcare reform creates often contradictory inclusions and exclusions for different populations across the country, and documents the real-world impacts of policies that foster stratification and specific notions of risk and responsibility. This book will appeal to health policy students and scholars, but is also an engaging ethnographic work accessible to any reader interested in understanding the inequalities created by the U.S. healthcare system."
—Mark Nichter, Regents Professor of Anthropology, Public Health and Family Medicine University of Arizona
"This insightful and timely volume foregrounds individuals’ lived experiences of health reform—whether they were included in the reform or excluded. By attending to the nuances of political subjectivities, the complexity of regional variation, and the messiness of the law’s implementation on the ground, the contributors help illuminate how a middle-of-road reform became one of the most politically contentious issues of our time."
—Sarah Horton, author , They Leave Their Kidneys in the Fields: Illness, Injury, and “Illegality” among U.S. Farmworkers
- “Unequal Coverage presents telling ethnographic studies of how the Affordable Care Act is explained in the distinctive local moral worlds that constitute inequality in America. It is the most important effort by anthropologists that I have come across to describe the lived experience of inequality in health insurance. Timely and salient!”
—Arthur Kleinman, MD, Professor of Anthropology and Psychiatry, Harvard University
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