This paper comprises a critical, ethnographic study of health communication in a rural community of Amazonian Ecuador. By synthesizing approaches from anthropology, discourse studies, and public health, the study explores how conversations influence health decisions, how communities understand health systems, and how macrostructural discourse changes the political economy of healthcare in Ecuador. My work draws on the recent theoretical development of ‘biocommunicability’ in anthropology as well as earlier sociological research on knowledge construction. Most importantly, this paper offers a critique of current interventions by NGOs in the region.
Level of Honors
magna cum laude
Cartwright, James (2014) "Toward a Biocommunicable Cartography of Health Decision Making in the Amazon Basin of Ecuador." Lawrence University Honors Projects. Available at: http://lux.lawrence.edu
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