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Anthropology and the individual: knowing me, knowing you 

Anthropology and the individual: knowing me, knowing you
Anthropology and the individual: knowing me, knowing you

Annie Bartlett

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date: 08 August 2020

This chapter returns to a tension informing the whole book, that is the value of the psychiatric as opposed to the anthropological gaze. Although at one level an abstract debate, ideas about individual agency and personal responsibility versus the determining social imperatives of social science are key to both a neutral understanding to the strengths and weaknesses of health care organizations and to the attribution of blame when something goes wrong. This is a topical discussion given the importance and profile of recent hospital inquiries.

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