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Dr Michael Poltorak

Lecturer and Convenor in Medical Anthropology and visiting Research Fellow, Anthropology Department, Sussex University


BA, MSc, PhD (University College, London)
Lecturer and Convenor in Medical Anthropology and visiting Research Fellow, Anthropology Department, Sussex University
Formerly: Research fellowships at Brunel University and Sussex University
Areas: Social and medical anthropology; anthropological research methodologies; public health policy and indigenous knowledge; cultural politics, mental illness and modernity
Research: Mental illness and medical pluralism in Tonga, South Pacific. (Psychiatry, schizophrenia and sin in Tonga: a transnational history) Public engagement with childhood vaccination in Brighton, UK
Regions: Oceania
Publications: include ‘Aspersions of Agency: TeUOIo, love and sickness in Vava'u, Tonga’. Self pub. XPS Ltd, Brighton (2004). `Traditional' Healers, Speaking and motivation in Vava'u, Tonga: Explaining Diversity and addressing Health Policy. Oceania (2007) ‘Nemesis, speaking and tauhi vaha'a: interdisciplinarity and the `truth' of mental illness in Vava'u, Tonga’. The Contemporary Pacific 19:1 (2007) Co-author ‘Is the cultural context of MMR rejection a key to an effective public health discourse?’ Public Heath 920:783-794 (2006) Poltorak, M.et al ‘'MMR talk' and vaccination choices: an ethnographic study in Brighton’. Social Science and Medicine 61, 3, 709-719 (2005)