Building bodies in medical consultations: an ethnography of arterial hypertension in Salvador, Bahia

Through ethnographic analysis of the application of technology to measure blood pressure in medical consultations in a public medical center in Salvador, I am proposing to think of the articulation of a process of objectification of the body with the universe of experience, both by doctors and by patients. I will look carefully at the way the actors involved apply knowledge in the clinical encounter stemmed from the daily life and scope of Biomedicine, signaling how the control of hypertension is produced by and in turn produces, bodies experiencing the world through differentiating matrices such as class , gender or race. These bodies and these matrices of significance can not be separated in their real, material, symbolic and figurative sense.

race; embodiment; technology; hypertension; ethnography


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