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Abstract

After conducting many years of ‘classical’ ethnographic fieldwork among refugees in Cyprus, I started field research in hospitals, community settings, and medical schools in Belgium,England, and Cyprus. My collaborations with clinical and biomedical scientists have led to an ongoing dialogue about ethnographic fieldwork and ethnographic writing. I discuss, through some ethnographic vignettes from my own research journey, some challenges that academics who work in medical research units may face in their engagements with ethnography. Stefan Beck’s work speaks to researchers from different social, biomedical and clinical disciplines.
I show that ethnographic work, such as that by Beck, raises the profile of social scientific work in medicine and demonstrates the potential of ethnography in medicine.

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(2016). Reflections on ethnography in medicine

Acceptance Date Jun 24, 2016
Publication Date Jul 18, 2016
Journal The Cyprus Review: a journal of social, economic and political issues
Print ISSN 1015-2881
Pages 85-97
Keywords Anthropology, Stefan Beck, medicine, ethnography, social sciences, biomedical sciences, interdisciplinarity
Publisher URL https://www.unic.ac.cy/research/publications/cyprus-review

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