Global health research, anthropology and realist enquiry methodological musings

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Abstract

In this article, I set out to capture the dynamics of two streams within the field of global health research: realist research and medical anthropology. I critically discuss the development of methodology and practice in realist health research in low- and middle-income countries against the background of anthropological practice in global health to make claims on why realist enquiry has taken a high flight. I argue that in order to provide a contribution to today's complex global issues, we need to adopt a pragmatic stance and move past disciplinary silos: both methodologies have the potential to be well-suited to an analysis of deep layers of context and of key social mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAnthropology in Action
Volume26
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)42-51
Number of pages10
ISSN0967-201X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • ethnography
  • global health
  • low- and middle-income countries
  • medical anthropology
  • realist evaluation
  • MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
  • SOCIAL-SCIENCE
  • PUBLIC-HEALTH
  • CHALLENGE
  • FIELD

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