THINK PIECE: Reflecting on Medical Anthropology in Aotearoa New Zealand

C. Trundle


In considering what makes New Zealand unique for medical anthropological focus, this think piece sets out four themes. These reflect New Zealand’s particular historical, political, social and cultural landscape, and reveal the relevance of local scholarship for wider global debates about health. By tracing the neoliberal reform of state healthcare, indigenous approaches to wellbeing, local cultural practices of health, and the complex ethics involved in health and illness, this paper spotlights the opportunities that New Zealand medical anthropology affords us for addressing the important health and wellbeing challenges that we face today.


Medical Anthropology; New Zealand; Neoliberal Reform; Healthcare; Ethics; Indigenous Health; Culture and Illness

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