Within multi-disciplinary global health interventions, anthropologists find themselves
navigating complex relationships of power. In this article, I offer a critical reflection
on this negotiated terrain, drawing on my experience as an embedded ethnographer in a
four-year adolescent sexual and reproductive health research intervention in Latin America. I
critique the notion that the transformative potential of ethnographic work in global health remains
unfulfilled. I then go on to argue that an anthropological practice grounded in iterative,
inter-subjective and self-reflexive work has the potential to create ‘disturbances’ in the status
quo of day-to-day global health practice, which can in turn destabilise some of the problematic
hubristic assumptions of health reforms.
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