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Research interests

As a medical and psychological anthropologist, I study the cultural dimensions and subjective experiences of illness, well-being, and healing. I am particularly interested in how people experience, understand, and derive meaning from misfortune, uncertainty, and disorder. My approach integrates individual experiences with the complexities of people’s broader structural, biological, and historical contexts. Please see my website for further details: https://aarondenham.com/

Research student supervision

I am interested in supervising projects related to: Global health. Child and maternal health. Infanticide. Reproductive health. An anthropology of childhood. Family relations. Ageing. Health related development activities. Misfortune and ‘disorder.’ Caregiving. Mental health and intergenerational (historical) trauma. Ethnomedicine and ethnomedical systems. Divination and related systems of diagnosis and meaning making. Risk, uncertainty, and decision-making. Phenomenological, symbolic/interpretive, narrative, critical (political-economic and ecological), and psychoanalytic approaches and theories are welcomed. See my webpage for additional details: https://aarondenham.com/teaching/supervision/

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Ghana Social Sciences
Infanticide Medicine & Life Sciences
illness Social Sciences
phenomenology Social Sciences
infant Social Sciences
experience Social Sciences
resilience Social Sciences
trauma Social Sciences

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Projects 2014 2019

Elucidating eating disorders and obesity health literacy: Paving the way for an integrated approach to health promotion

Denham, A., Mond, J., Maguire, S., Caterson, I., Hay, P. & Rodgers, B.


Project: Research

Health Literacy
Health Promotion
Appointments and Schedules
Feeding and Eating Disorders

Research Outputs 2005 2019

Comments: Struggling to be a "happy self"? Psychotherapy and the medicalization of unhappiness in Uganda

Denham, A. R., Apr 2019, In : Current Anthropology. 60, 2, p. 207-208 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/opinionResearchpeer-review

Narrative transformations: reflections on Carry Forth the Stories

Denham, A., Apr 2018, In : The Journal of Northwest Anthropology. 52, 1, p. 100-104 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Spirit children: illness, poverty, and infanticide in Northern Ghana

Denham, A. R., 2017, Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press. 220 p. (Africa and the diaspora: a history, politics, culture)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

West Africa

A Psychodynamic Phenomenology of nankani interpretive divination and the formation of meaning

Denham, A. R., 1 Jun 2015, In : Ethos. 43, 2, p. 109-134 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

social cohesion
social process
social system

Civilization and the insidiousness of structural violence

Denham, A. R., 2014, In : Clio's psyche. 21, 3, p. 268-270 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review