Where there are (No) Drugs: The Movement for Global Mental Health and the Use of Psychopharmaceuticals in East Africa Public Deposited

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  • Dougan, Bryan
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology
  • This research traces new discourses and practices related to pharmaceuticalization in global health research interventions for depression. In the era of “biomedical psychiatry” and “global health,” life-saving pharmaceuticals have become an increasingly dominant mode of treating patients. Around the world, especially in the Global South, groups have fought with governments and corporations to secure access to these drugs despite global patent laws and the desire to generate significant profits. For a small group of research who are part of the Movement for Global Mental Health, however, their discourses and interventions reject the use of medications from global pharmaceutical companies in treating depression while infrequently using medications produced in local markets. This paper seeks to think through anthropological concerns of pharmaceuticalization when medications are not present or a priority by examining underlying logics of how these researchers do and do not use pharmaceuticals.
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  • Chua, Jocelyn
  • Boyd, Lydia
  • Redfield, Peter
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017

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