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Department of Social Anthropology


Political Economy of Wellbeing 

Rethinking with Dr Elizabeth Turk (University of Cambridge)

Guest interviewer: Ellen Forsman-Larsson (PhD student in Social Anthropology)


How is ‘alternative’ medicine defined, measured, and negotiated, and how does it relate to wider processes of legitimacy-making in public life? How does a critical theoretical approach to healing help us think about ‘political economy of wellbeing’? In this session, we will follow Dr Elizabeth Turk (University of Cambridge) and her consideration of social transformation and health-related practices, reflecting on the impact of power relations on key concepts in medical and environmental anthropology.


This event is organised by the CUSAS Health and Wellbeing Discussion Group, as part of the 'Health and Wellbeing: (Re)thinking with Anthropologists' series for the 2023-2024 academic year. The session will begin with a 30-40 minute interview, followed by a Q&A and wider discussion. For any inquiries or ideas, please don't hesitate to email the convenor Zihan Xu (PhD student), at


Monday, 3 June, 2024 - 16:00 to 17:00
Event location: 
Meyer Fortes Room, Department of Social Anthropology, Free School Lane, CB2 3RF