Leo R. Chavez

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.
American ArrivalsSAR Press PublicationAmerican Arrivals: Anthropology Engages the New ImmigrationSoaring immigration to the United States in the past few decades has reawakened both popular and scholarly interest in this important issue. American Arrivals highlights the important insights of anthropology for the field of migration studies.
2001, October 7–11
Advanced SeminarAnthropology and Contemporary Immigration“Anthropology and Contemporary Immigration,” took place October 7–11, 2001. Chaired by Nancy Foner, the seminar included ten scholars representing cultural, social, urban, medical, psychological, and feminist anthropology. Describing immigration as one of the most pressing contemporary social issues in the United States, Foner stressed the seminar’s focus on evaluating the unique role of anthropology in the emerging interdisciplinary field of immigrant studies.

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