Rebecca Marsland

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Fridays 1-3pm


  • Humans and Other Species
  • Anthropology of Health and Healing
  • Anthropology of International Health
  • East Central Africa
  • Ethnography
  • Magic, Science and Healing

Biographical Statement

My research in Tanzania focuses on on the entry of public health discourses about malaria into discussions about local "tradition". I am currently working on a book, The Words of the People, which will revisit classic ethnographies of the Nyakyusa, through the lens of public heath and development discourse. The book aims to put contemporary debate about the morality of tradition in Kyela into historical perspective.

Selected Publications

Prince RJ and Marsland R (eds) 2014. Making and Unmaking Public Health In Africa: Ethnographic Perspectives Athens: Ohio University Press.

Marsland, R. 2014. Who are the public in public health? Debating crowds, populations and publics in Tanzania. In Making and Unmaking Public Health In Africa: Ethnographic Perspectives (eds) R. Marsland & R. Prince, J. Athens: Ohio University Press.

Marsland. 2013. Pondo Pins and Nyakyusa Hammers: Monica and Godfrey in Bunyakyusa. In Inside African Anthropology: Monica Wilson and her Interpreters (eds) A. Bank & L.J. Bank. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Marsland, R. 2012. (Bio)sociality and HIV in Tanzania: Finding a Living to Support a Life. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 26, 470-485.

Marsland, R. & R. Prince, J. 2012. What Is Life Worth? Exploring Biomedical Interventions, Survival, and the Politics of Life. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 26, 453-469. 

Marsland, R. (2007). The modern traditional healer. Locating 'hybridity' in modern traditional Medicine. Journal of Southern African Studies 33 (4): 751-765.

Marsland, R. (2006). "Community participation the Tanzanian Way: Conceptual Contiguity or Power Struggle?" Oxford Development Studies 34 (1): 65-79.