Where do our conventional understandings of health, illness, and the body stem from? What makes them authoritative? How are the boundaries set around these areas of life unsettled in the changing historical and political contexts of science, techlogy, and health care delivery? These questions are at the heart of Troubling Natural Categories, a collection of essays houring the tradition of Margaret Lock, one of the preeminent medical anthropologists of our time. Throughout her career, Lock has investigated how medicine sets boundaries around what is deemed rmal and natural, and how, in turn, these ideas shape our technical and moral understandings of life, sickness, and death. In this book, nine established medical anthropologists - all former students of Lock - critically engage with her work, offering ethgraphic and historical analyses that problematize taken-for-granted constructs in health and medicine in a range of global settings. The essays elaborate cutting-edge themes within medical anthropology, including the often disturbing, inherently political nature of biomedicine and biotechlogy, the medicalization of mental health processes, and the formation of uniquely local biologies through the convergence of bodily experience, scientific discourse, and new techlogies of care. Troubling Natural Categories t only affirms Margaret Lock's place at the forefront of scholarship but, with these essays, carves out new intellectual directions in the medical social sciences. Contributors include Sean Brotherton, Vinh-Kim Nguyen, Junko Kitanaka, Stephanie Lloyd, Dominique Behague, and Annette Leibing.
Naomi Adelson is associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and associate dean, Research, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University. Leslie Butt is associate professor in the Department of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Victoria. Karina Kielmann is senior lecturer in the Institute for International Health and Development at Queen Margaret University.