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Introduction: Mapping the Landscape of Transnational Cancer Ethnography
ByHOLLY F. MATHEWS, NANCY J. BURKE
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The contributors to this volume ask how we might go about constructing an alternative conceptualization of cancer. They draw upon empirically rich, cross-cultural ethnographic data to add complexity to our understanding of the fundamental nature of cancer itself and the shifting contexts of suffering and uncertainty that the increasing burden of this disease evokes. This volume brings together cutting-edge anthropological research carried out across countries in North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia representing the full range of economies from low-, middle-and high-resource countries with a diversity of national health care systems. The insights emerging from these detailed ethnographic studies challenge some of the basic concepts that undergird the standard view of cancer and the practices accepted in oncology.