Cancer is a transnational condition involving the unprecedented flow of health information, technologies, and people across national borders. Such movement raises questions about the nature of therapeutic citizenship, how and where structurally vulnerable populations obtain care, and the political geography of blame associated with this disease. This volume brings together cutting-edge anthropological research carried out across North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia, representing low-, middle- and high-resource countries with a diversity of national health care systems. Contributors ethnographically map the varied nature of cancer experiences and articulate the multiplicity of meanings that survivorship, risk, charity and care entail. They explore institutional frameworks shaping local responses to cancer and underlying political forces and structural variables.

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chapter |34 pages


Mapping the Landscape of Transnational Cancer Ethnography
ByHolly F. Mathews, Nancy J. Burke

part |98 pages

Structural Matters

chapter |15 pages

The Psychogenesis of Cancer in France

Controlling Uncertainty by Searching for Causes1
ByAline Sarradon-Eck

chapter |18 pages

Anticipating Prevention

Constituting Clinical Need, Rights and Resources in Brazilian Cancer Genetics
BySahra Gibbon

chapter |18 pages

Managing Borders, Bodies and Cancer

Documents and the Creation of Subjects1
ByJulie S. Armin

chapter |15 pages

Filipina, Survivor or Both?

Negotiating Biosociality and Ethnicity in the Context of Scarcity1
ByNancy J. Burke

chapter |14 pages

Revealing Hope in Urban India

Vision and Survivorship Among Breast Cancer Charity Volunteers
ByAlison Macdonald

part |108 pages

Cancer and the Sociality of Care

chapter |21 pages

Love in the Time of Cancer

Kinship, Memory, Migration and Other Logics of Care in Kerala, India
ByKristin Bright

chapter |21 pages

Cancer Crisis and Treatment Ambiguity in Kenya

ByBenson A. Mulemi

chapter |16 pages

From Part to Whole

Gender Roles and Health Practices in the Experience of Breast Cancer in Northeast Brazil
ByWaleska de Araújo Aureliano

chapter |19 pages

“As God Is My Witness …”

What Is Said, What Is Silenced in Informal Cancer Caregivers' Narratives
ByNatalia Luxardo

chapter |17 pages

Suffering in Local Worlds

Oncological Discourses, Cancer and Infertility in Puerto Rico
ByKaren E. Dyer

chapter |12 pages

Dying to Be Heard

Cancer, Imagined Experience and the Moral Geographies of Care in the UK
ByFiona M. Harris

chapter |14 pages


Cancer Enigmas and Agendas1
ByLenore Manderso