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Journal club: Media, contact, and conflict resolution

Posted by on February 3rd, 2011 in Journal club | Comments Off on Journal club: Media, contact, and conflict resolution

For journal club this week, Nikki D’Errico has selected an article set in the region where she works, Eastern DRC:

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Paluck, E. (2010). Is It Better Not to Talk? Group Polarization, Extended Contact, and Perspective Taking in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36(9), 1170-1185.

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The article reports a field experiment to test whether messages of tolerance disseminated through mass media (talk radio) could help to promote openness and reduce conflict. I won’t spoil the ending for you here: Read the article and join the discussion in the Med Anthro Lab (TUR B103) on Friday, 11:45 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.

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Journal club: Anthropology of becoming

Posted by on January 27th, 2011 in Journal club | Comments Off on Journal club: Anthropology of becoming

This week Meredith Marten has selected a recent paper by João Biehl and Peter Locke for discussion in journal club:

Biehl, J., & Locke, P. (2010). Deleuze and the Anthropology of Becoming. Current Anthropology, 51(3), 317-351.

Please join us on Friday, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., in the Medical Anthropology Lab (TUR B103).

Journal club: Diet and the food environment

Posted by on January 19th, 2011 in Journal club | Comments Off on Journal club: Diet and the food environment

This week Douglas Monroe has selected an article related to his dissertation research for discussion:

Dodson, J. L., Hsiao, Y., Kasat-Shors, M., Murray, L., Nguyen, N. K., Richards, A. K. et al. (2009). Formative Research for a Healthy Diet Intervention Among Inner-City Adolescents: The Importance of Family, School and Neighborhood Environment. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 48(1), 39-58.

If this article sparks your interest, here are some recent reviews from a special issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine about the state of research on the food environment.

Glanz, K. (2009). Measuring Food Environments: A Historical Perspective. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 36(4), S93-S98.

Lytle, L. (2009). Measuring the Food Environment: State of the Science. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 36(4), S134-S144.

McKinnon, R. A., Reedy, J., Morrissette, M., Lytle, L., & Yaroch, A. (2009). Measures of the Food EnvironmentA Compilation of the Literature, 1990–2007. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 36(4), S124-S133.

Please join us on Friday, January 21, 11:45 a.m. – 12:35 p.m., in the Medical Anthropology Lab (TUR B103)

Journal club: Anxiety, agency, and the amygdala

Posted by on January 13th, 2011 in Journal club | Comments Off on Journal club: Anxiety, agency, and the amygdala

We kick off journal club for the new year with an article that has a little something for everyone—whether you’re more comfortable talking about ethnography or neurobiology:

Hay, M. C. (2009). Anxiety, Remembering, and Agency: Biocultural Insights for Understanding Sasaks’ Responses to Illness. Ethos, 37(1), 1-31.

Please join us for the discussion starting at 11:45 a.m., Friday, Jan. 14, in the Med Anthro Lab (TUR B103). Now’s also the time to start filling the schedule for the rest of the semester, so please send me your articles and dates.

Moderator: Lance Gravlee

Journal club: Hunger, ARTs, and biosociality

Posted by on December 2nd, 2010 in Journal club | Comments Off on Journal club: Hunger, ARTs, and biosociality

Noelle Sullivan selected a compelling recent article for our discussion in journal club this week:

Kalofonos, I. A. (2010). “All I Eat Is ARVs”: The Paradox of AIDS Treatment Interventions in Central Mozambique. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 24(3), 363-380.

This paper was awarded the Hughes Paper Prize in 2008. The Hughes prize is awarded annually by the Society for Medical Anthropology for the best paper written by a graduate student.

Come join the discussion on Friday at 10:40 in the Med Anthro Lab.

Working with MAXQDA, Episode 4: Coding

Posted by on November 7th, 2010 in Text | Comments Off on Working with MAXQDA, Episode 4: Coding

Coding BasicsAfter a long hiatus, I have just published a new episode in my video tutorial series on working with MAXQDA software to manage and analyze qualitative data. This episode introduces the basic tools for coding text in MAXQDA. It reviews how to create codes, apply codes to text, and work with the coding stripe in the Document Browser.

This video is the first I’ve produced using MAXQDA 10; the earlier videos were done with the previous version, MAXQDA 2007. I plan to update those early tutorial eventually, but for now my priority is on producing more tutorials with MAXQDA 10 on more advanced topics. Up next will be a tutorial on managing and organizing the Code System and working with codebooks in MAXQDA.

As always, I welcome your comments and questions about the new tutorial.

Journal club: Chronic stress and hair cortisol

Posted by on November 4th, 2010 in Journal club | Comments Off on Journal club: Chronic stress and hair cortisol

I am reminded again about one reason I love medical anthropology: its breadth. Last week in journal club we read about symbolic capital and body politics among the Tuareg; this week we turn to the analysis of cortisol in hair to assess exposure to chronic stressors. Where else can you cover that kind of scope?

Come join us on Friday, 10:40 – 11:30 a.m. in the Med Anthro Lab (TUR B103) to discuss the following paper, selected and presented by Alan Schultz:

Dettenborn, L., Tietze, A., Bruckner, F., & Kirschbaum, C. (2010). Higher cortisol content in hair among long-term unemployed individuals compared to controls. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 1-6.

Even if you aren’t interested in the topic, how often do you get to read a paper from a journal whose title is only one word but 10 syllables long?

Journal club: Critical race theory and health

Posted by on October 21st, 2010 in Journal club | Comments Off on Journal club: Critical race theory and health

We had an unfortunate, last-minute scheduling change this week, which gave me an opportunity to step in with a pair of articles I’ve been eager to discuss. Wait, did I say a pair of articles? Don’t fret: they’re both short. And they were made for each other.

Both papers are by Chandra Ford and colleagues. The first reviews critical race theory and discusses its applications in public health. The second presents an empirical application of the theory. If you only have time to read one, read the 2010 commentary. But it will enrich our discussion if you can read both:

Ford, C. L., & Airhihenbuwa, C. O. (2010). Critical race theory, race equity, and public health: Toward antiracism praxis. Am J Public Health, 100(S1), S30-S35.

Ford, C. L., Daniel, M., Earp, J. A. L., Kaufman, J. S., Golin, C. E., & Miller, W. L. (2009). Perceived everyday racism, residential segregation, and HIV testing among patients at a sexually transmitted disease clinic. Am J Public Health, 99(S1), S137-S143.

And if that’s not enough, Ford and Airhihenbuwa have another, longer paper about critical race theory in press at Social Science & Medicine.

See you Friday at 10:40 a.m. in The Lab (TUR B103).

Next steps for HEAT

Posted by on October 19th, 2010 in Events, Research group | Comments Off on Next steps for HEAT

The Health Equity Alliance of Tallahassee (HEAT) holds its next regular meeting tonight, October 19, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., at the Greater Frenchtown Revitalization Council (421 W Georgia St., Tallahassee). We have set two goals for the meeting.

First, after the summer break, we want to focus on what HEAT has accomplished so far and where we need to go next. In particular, we’d like to take stock of our work on Unnatural Causes and two HEAT spinoffs—the Food Policy Council and HEAT Heart Health—that are moving ahead with success. How can HEAT best support and integrate these projects? What are the priorities for future work? How can we ensure the sustainability of our efforts? What benchmarks should we use to gauge our success in promoting health equity?

Second, we would like to propose that HEAT organize a community workshop on Undoing Racism through the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. Other researchers have integrated the Undoing Racism workshop with CBPR to address health equity. We see this opportunity as an extension of the Unnatural Causes events we organized earlier this year. At tonight’s meeting we will discuss this possibility and begin to develop a plan for bringing this program to Tallahassee.

For more information or to get involved, check out the HEAT website or join us on Facebook.

Journal club: Effectiveness of lay health advisors

Posted by on October 6th, 2010 in Journal club | Comments Off on Journal club: Effectiveness of lay health advisors

For journal club this week, José Antonio Tovar has selected the following article to discuss:

Ayala, G. X., Vaz, L., Earp, J. A., Elder, J. P., & Cherrington, A. (2010). Outcome effectiveness of the lay health advisor model among Latinos in the United States: an examination by role. Health Education Research, 25(5), 815-840.

Please join us at 10:40 a.m. on Friday in the Med Anthro Lab (TUR B103) for the discussion.