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A Review of Humanistic Scholarship on Health Insurance, Policy, and Reform in the United States


Vincent F. Ialenti


Department of Anthropology, Cornell University

April 2011

2011 Tobin Workshop on Behavioral/Institutional Research and Regulation of the New Health Insurance Market, Cornell Law School, April 28-29, 2011

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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 health

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Ialenti, Vincent F., A Review of Humanistic Scholarship on Health Insurance, Policy, and Reform in the United States (April 2011). 2011 Tobin Workshop on Behavioral/Institutional Research and Regulation of the New Health Insurance Market, Cornell Law School, April 28-29, 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1995046 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1995046

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Vincent F. Ialenti (Contact Author)
Department of Anthropology, Cornell University ( email )
Ithaca, NY
United States
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