Chronic Conditions, Fluid States explores the uneven impact of chronic illness and disability on individuals, families, and communities in diverse local and global settings. To date, much of the social as well as biomedical research has treated the experience of illness and the challenges of disease control and management as segmented and episodic. Breaking new ground in medical anthropology by challenging the chronic/acute divide in illness and disease, the editors, along with a group of rising scholars and some of the most influential minds in the field, address the concept of chronicity, an idea used to explain individual and local life-worlds, question public health discourse, and consider the relationship between health and the globalizing forces that shape it.
LENORE MANDERSON is a research professor with appointments in the faculties of medicine, nursing and health sciences, and arts at Monash University, Australia. Her books include Global Health Policy, Local Realities and Rethinking Wellbeing. CAROLYN SMITH-MORRIS is an associate professor in the department of anthropology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She is the author of Diabetes among the Pima: Stories of Survival.