1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

M. Norman Oliver

Professor

M.D. Case Western Reserve University 1994
M.A. (Anthropology) Case Western Reserve University 1992

P.O. Box 800729

434-924-9686
434-924-1611

I am interested in Western biomedical practice and how social and cultural factors influence the delivery of those health services and the health outcomes of those services. In particular, I am interested in the physician-patient interaction. I seek to look at the discourse between patient and physician to shed light on how communicative practice in the medical setting leads to diagnostic and treatment decisions. In this regard, I am interested in integrating cognitive anthropological approaches with interpretive ethnography. Geographically, I am primarily interested in African-American populations.

 

Specializations

Medical anthropology; race, gender, and social class issues in health care; Marxism.

Affiliated Anthropologists & Faculty

Roberto Armengol
Postdoctoral College Fellow
Caren Freeman
International Student & Scholar Advisor; Director of Studies at Hereford Residential College
Adriana Greci Green
Curator of Indigenous Art of the Americas, Fralin Art Museum
Jerome Handler
Senior Scholar, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
Diane M. Hoffman
Associate Professor, Curry School of Education
Peter E. Hook
Professor Emeritus, College of Arts and Sciences
Michelle Kisliuk
Associate Professor, McIntire Department of Music
Catarina Krizancic
Coordinator for Independent Projects and Associate Director for Program Design, International Studies Office
Ekaterina V. Makarova
Lecturer, Department of Sociology
R. Lawrence Merkel
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatric Medicine
Lisa Messeri
Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society; Department of Engineering and Society
Vanessa L. Ochs
Director of Jewish Studies, Department of Religions Studies
M. Norman Oliver
Professor
Lisa Toccafondi Shutt
Director of Undergraduate Programs, Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies
Matthew Trevett-Smith
Assistant Director & Assistant Professor, Teaching Resource Center