Instructor: Dr. Kodjo Senah
Project: Medical Anthropology
This project will be based right inside of Accra, where the student will work with Dr. Kodjo Senah to begin with a background study in medical anthropology in Ghana. After gaining a sense of the types of medicinal treatments, the prevalence of medicinal and spiritual healing in Accra, the location of the healers, the community in which they exist, the clients, and the political foundation upon which medicinal practices are performed, the student will perform further independent studies to extract the social and cultural grounding and impact of healers. While looking at various types of resources, acquired from nature, the student will begin to form an understanding of the significance of both the plants themselves, as well as the individual personalities that have incorporated these plants into practices within their communities. Among several other issues, gender, culture, social structure, religion, and economic development will be explored. Pharmacuadical anthropology is a potential offshoot of the student's research.
Among several other questions, the student will explore the following: