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Susan Whyte

Susan Reynolds Whyte, Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen, carries out research in East Africa on social efforts to secure well-being in the face of poverty, disease, conflict, and rapid change. She uses concepts of pragmatism, uncertainty, and temporality to examine relationships between people, institutions, ideas, and things. Her publications deal with the management of misfortune, changing health care systems, disability and culture, social lives of medicines, legacies of violence, and the response to HIV and other chronic conditions. She is the co-editor of Disability and Culture (1995) and Disability in Local and Global Worlds (2007), both published by University of California Press.