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Our new book!

Can’t get enough of the blog? Our new book is out November 19th.

You can but it here with code HTWN for 20% discount:

“Providing a fresh look at the classic social science concept of stigma, this book adds to the literature on why humans so readily stigmatize while touching on the ways in which interventions designed to address a particular health problem may inadvertently contribute to further stigmatization and worsen health outcomes. Interesting, timely, and lucid, this provocative book makes an important contribution.”— Andrea S. Wiley, Indiana University, Bloomington, coauthor of Medical Anthropology: A Biocultural Approach

“Despite the growing interest in global mental health, the issue of stigma deserves much more attention than it gets from medical social scientists and health providers. The approach here is highly original and important. I believe there is a wide scholarly and student audience for this teachable book.”— Peter J. Brown, Emory University, coauthor of Foundations of Global Health: An Interdisciplinary Reader

“This is a magnificent, highly engaging, and ethnographically informed examination of the fateful intersection of stigma and public health. It underscores, through multiple cases, the vital lessons of social science about the adverse consequences of shaming as a means of pushing people, especially the poor and marginalized, to fit socially accepted standards of appearance and behavior.”— Merrill Singer, University of Connecticut, coauthor of The Social Value of Drug Addicts: Uses of the Useless

“In Lazy, Crazy, and Disgusting, two eminent scholars of stigma have provided a deeply engaging road map for understanding the unintended consequences of weaponizing shame in the service of public health and its inevitable cascades along the usual fault lines that divide the poor and excluded from the rest of the world. What is, then, the authors’ deceptively simple recommendation for physicians, development workers, and policy makers? Don’t do it.”— Alexander C. Tsai, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School

Lazy, Crazy, and Disgusting tackles the important topic of stigma and the way it seeps into public global health programs. Filled at every level with grounded examples that contradict perceived wisdom, the book is a model of critical thinking. It is both readily accessible and marvelously synthetic for the way it blends biology, culture, and social experience. A must-read for medical anthropologists, global and public health practitioners, and anyone interested in stigma.”— Thomas Leatherman, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

“Combining global reach with insightful depth, Brewis and Wutich forcefully counter shame-based, individually focused, and culturally unaware public health efforts. In the best tradition of social science, they document the unintended consequence of victimizing the most vulnerable. While acknowledging stigma’s inevitability, this eye-opening warning offers a novel blueprint for improving population health.”— Bernice A. Pescosolido, Indiana University, coeditor of Handbook of the Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healing: A Blueprint for the 21st Century

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