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Portrait: Susan Reynolds Whyte

Research Interests

My areas of interest include family relations, lifeworlds, the management of misfortune, health and health care systems (HIV/AIDS, disability, medicines, health promotion), schooling, social differentiation, development policies and ethnographic method. I have done extensive fieldwork in East Africa.

Susan Reynolds Whyte

Prof. Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Ph.D. University of Washington, 1973

Selected Assignments

Leader of Enhancement of Research Capacity Programme (Danida) on interactions between communities and health systems in Uganda, 1994-2008

Leader, Danish National Research School of Anthropology and Ethnography, 2001-4

Deputy leader, Centre of International Health and Development (CISU: Center for International Sundhed og Udvikling), Copenhagen University, 2004-present

Selected Publications

Social Lives of Medicines (first author), Cambridge Univ. Press, 2002; Book

Disability in Local and Global Worlds (co-editor), Univ. of California Press, 2007. Book

Generations in Africa (co-editor) LIT Verlag. 2008. Book

Articles in peer-reviewed journals: Africa, Man, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Social Science & Medicine, Health Policy, Health Policy and Planning, Tropical Medicine & International Health, Int. J. of Health Planning and Management, and others. Chapters in international peer-reviewed anthologies.

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