October 22, 2014

Reproducing Culture: Capitalism, Power, and Hospital Births

Sarah Williams

Western medicine and health care in North America are often believed to be purely scientific and evidence based, while “alternative” medicine is portrayed as substandard or inferior. In women’s health care especially, many of the medical procedures that are deemed “normal” and necessary for birth are actually unnecessary and even harmful to women and infants. This lecture will discuss the politics and monetization of birth.

About the Presenter

Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams is a PhD student in Medical Anthropology at the University of Toronto. She holds an Ontario Graduate Scholarship and is a Lupina Doctoral Fellow through the Comparative Program in Health Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Her research interests include indigenous rights movements, women’s reproductive health, health care provision and structures in Mexico and the United States, and political intersections of health and gender.


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