Holly F. Mathews

2015, April 19–23
Understanding Patriarchal BeliefsAdvanced SeminarThe Psychology of PatriarchyBringing together an interdisciplinary group of scholars with extensive field research experience in cultures where patriarchal beliefs and practices continue to impact the daily lives of women, this seminar was organized to develop new theories explicating the ways that culturally situated systems of patriarchy, family, and power are both shaped by and constitutive of individual desires, goals, and identities.
Confronting CancerSAR Press PublicationConfronting Cancer: Metaphors, Advocacy, and AnthropologyIn this book, anthropologists examine the lived experiences of individuals confronting cancer and reveal the social context in which prevention and treatment may succeed or fail.
2006, April 30–May 4
Advanced SeminarCultural Perspectives on Cancer: From Metaphor to AdvocacyFrom expressions such as “the war on cancer” to “poverty as a cancerous blight,” cancer is steeped in metaphors. Anthropologists have spent the last few decades both creating and explicating these metaphors. Their work has examined cancer symbols and etiologies, concepts of risk, prevention and detection, treatment and healing, communication practices, the role of gender, and science's ability to progress in finding cancer genes, to name a few.

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