WP_13-16

Transnational medical spaces: Opportunities
and restrictions

by Giulia Zanini, Roberta Raffaetà,
Kristine Krause, Gabriele Alex

Working Papers WP 13-16
October 2013
ISSN 2192-2357 (MMG Working Papers Print)

Full text: pdf


Abstract:
How can we understand health-seeking behaviour, if the space in which this behaviour takes place stretches across borders? Is there more happening than just the increase in options? Based on examples from research on reproductive travels, medical remittances, the circulation of medicines in migrants’ personal networks, and the revitalisation of local healing traditions through globally active NGOs, in this working paper we attempt to elaborate upon medical practices and therapeutic itineraries in a transnational framework. By looking at how people take advantage of different regulations and procedures in different national frameworks, we propose to think along the lines of therapeutic opportunity structures in order to bring in spatial theory as well as draw attention to new forms of exclusion and agency.

Key words: transnational spaces, therapeutic itineraries, health-seeking behaviour, reproductive travel, traditional medicine in India, medical remittances, medical travel, medical mobility, medicoscapes, reproscapes


Author:
Guilia Zanini received her PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute, Florence. She is partner of the international Working Group Medical Diversity at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen. Her doctoral thesis focused on reproductive medicine and kinship and, in particular, on cross-border reproductive care. Her research interests include anthropology of kinship, medical anthropology, assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) and family and health policies.
Email: giuliazanini.tn(at)gmail.com

Roberta Raffaetà is currently Senior Lecturer at Lausanne University, Laboratorie d’anthropologie culturelle, visiting researcher at Trento University, Department of Sociology and Social Research, and partner of the international Working Group Medical Diversity at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen. Her current research focuses on parenting practices among immigrant communities in Italy and on transnational flows of health care. Theoretically she pursues embodied, spatial and material perspectives.
Email: Roberta.Raffaeta(at)unitn.it

Kristine Krause is a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen where she coordinates the international Working Group Medical Diversity. Her research interests include  political subjectivity and care, urban diversity and therapeutic itineraries, care work in transnational contexts, transnationalism and health, medicine and religion, global Pentecostalism.
Email: Krause(at)mmg.mpg.de

Gabriele Alex is Professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Senior Research Partner of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen and member of the steering committee of the international Working Group Medical Diversity. Her research interests include medical anthropology, ethnicity, healing and identity, and youth and childhood, on which she has conducted research in India and Germany.
Email: gabriele.alex(at)uni-tuebingen.de