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Medical Anthropology Forum - SoSe 2021

Towards a Theory of Embodied Value

Stefan Ecks (University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Science)

How should anthropology theorize "value"? In the Boasian tradition, cultures were seen as unique patterns of values. With the rise of practice theory in the 1960s, the idea of values as shared ethos became problematic: cultural values (plural) seemed incommensurable with exchange-based value (singular). Here I argue that values and value can be brought together within an embodied value theory (EVT). At the core of this new theory of value is embodied life as the ground and goal of valuing. Life values living, and life tries to make the most of life by valuing different possibilities. I show that all valuing rests on comparisons, and that the infinite similarities between different entities can only be decided in pragmatic contexts. I propose that biocommensurations, where at least one entity in a comparison is alive, is the universal form of valuing.

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This is a forum for students, researchers and everyone who is interested in the study of health and illness in different cultural/social settings. We host senior students and scholars who present their current research projects. The aim is to discuss and analyze new theories and themes of medical anthropology and to learn more about international developments in the area of culture, health , and healthcare.

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