Since the turn of the millennium, conceptual and practice-oriented shifts in global
health have increasingly given emphasis to health indicator production over research and interventions
that emerge out of local social practices, environments and concerns. In this special
issue of Anthropology in Action, we ask whether such globalised contexts allow for, recognise
and sufficiently value the research contributions of our discipline. We question how global
health research, ostensibly inter- or multi-disciplinary, generates knowledge. We query ‘not-knowing’
practices that inform and shape global health evidence as influenced by funders’
and collaborators’ expectations. The articles published here provide analyses of historical and
ethnographic field experiences that show how sidelining anthropological contributions results
in poorer research outcomes for the public. Citing experiences in Latin America, Angola, Senegal,
Nigeria and the domain of global health evaluation, the authors consider anthropology’s
roles in global health.
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