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In search of global health
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This chapter mobilizes the author’s double-sided experience as physician and anthropologist to reflect on what global health is about, what it is doing and what the social sciences – anthropology foremost, given its long engagement with the life of ‘others’ – have to say about it. Building on the idea that global health is both under-theorized and hyper-normative, the chapter identifies five lines of tensions whose dialectics are worth taking into account and analysing, since, at first sight, they look like irremediable polarities of the field, i.e. worldwide vs universal, moral vs economic, compassion vs predation, facts vs representations, scale vs time.

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