A Review of Humanistic Scholarship on Health Insurance, Policy, and Reform in the United States
Vincent F. Ialenti
Department of Anthropology, Cornell University
2011 Tobin Workshop on Behavioral/Institutional Research and Regulation of the New Health Insurance Market, Cornell Law School, April 28-29, 2011
In light of calls for the development of more sophisticated theoretical and empirical analyses of the institutional details of regulatory practice in health care, the present paper seeks to develop both a workable bibliography and a review of a broad swathe of studies representative of efforts to bring more intricate qualitative social scientific perspectives on human interaction into dialogue with the myriad problems and promises of health insurance in the United States. To this end, this literature review will track the current state of scholarship in the fields of Sociology, Anthropology, and History through six lines of inquiry that have been developed in recent years: histories of the American health care system, sociological studies of the institutions guiding health policy, analyses of health coverage debates’ many narrative and semantic forms, studies of the intersection between health policy and racial, class, gender, and socioeconomic inequalities, research into uninsured populations, and comparative and global approaches to health policy systems.
Keywords: anthropology of healthcare, sociology of healthcare, anthropology of health, health insurance, anthropology of public healthworking papers series
Date posted: January 31, 2012
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