César Abadía-Barrero

UConn Faculty Fellow

“Health Ruins: From Post-Colonial to Post Neoliberal ‘Medical Care’ in Colombia”

César Abadía-Barrero
César Abadía-Barrero

César E. Abadía-Barrero is a medical anthropologist whose research integrates different critical perspectives in the study and transformation of health inequalities. He is the author of the book I Have AIDS but I am Happy: Children’s Subjectivities, AIDS, and Social Responses in Brazil, and the lead editor of Health, Normalization and Capitalism in Colombia. He has conducted action-oriented ethnographic and mixed-method research on health care policies and programs and social movements in health in Brazil and Colombia. Since 2005, he has studied the use of legal mechanisms in the protection of the constitutional right to health care and how for-profit interests transform access, continuity and quality of care in Colombia.

While at the Humanities Institute, Professor Abadía-Barrero will work on his current book project, Health Ruins: From Post-Colonial to Post-Neoliberal “Medical Care” in Colombia. The book material builds on close to a decade of collaborative ethnographic research conducted with patients, workers, and professors at the country’s oldest maternal-child health center and university hospital, which is considered an icon of modern medicine. The book will provide examples of how the country’s market-based health care reform was experienced and resisted and also how neoliberal policies transformed the practice of medicine in Colombia.