The Healthy Ancestor: Embodied Inequalities and the Revitalization of Native Hawaiian
Health. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, Inc. 2010
“The Healthy Ancestor is an exciting new contribution to Pacific studies and critical medical anthropology. This impressively detailed study reveals the vital connections between Hawaiian concepts of ‘health’ and cultural identity. Taking the reader on a journey into Hawaiian history, then to contemporary Hawai’i and the ‘off-island’ population in California, McMullin convincingly demonstrates the political and economic implications of health inequalities and the need to recontextualise concepts of health within cultural knowledge and Hawaiian identity.” – Helen Lee, LaTrobe University, Australia, and author of Tongans Overseas: Between Two Shores
“Professor McMullin offers a complex and subtle analysis of the intimate relationships among health, cultural identity, and disparities in medical access. Drawing on Native Hawaiian samples in both Hawai’i and Southern California, she provides unique comparative insights into the health perspectives of Hawaiians on and off the Islands. Tackling the difficult issue of what constitutes health as something that goes beyond the mere absence of disease, she argues for health as a sense of well-being that includes not only people’s physical and mental condition, but also their culture. And with Hawaiians, culture is not merely a set of shared and negotiated patterns of interpretations and meanings; rather, it is grounded in their relationship to malama ‘aina, or the care of the land of Hawai’i, that embodies the people, their culture and their well-being regardless of where they are located. ” – Karen L. Ito, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and author of Lady Friends: Hawaiian Ways and the Ties that Define
Confronting Cancer: Metaphors, Advocacy and Anthropology. Juliet McMullin and Diane
Weiner (editors). School for Advanced Research. 2009
“Confronting Cancer offers a highly engaging examination of the anthropology of cancer…. Authored by many of the leading figures in the field, this edited volume moves beyond examination to action, documenting the application of anthropological approaches and insights in the alleviation of suffering among people living with cancer. Thus [the book] exhibits the best of anthropology in its confrontation with the worst of human conditions.” —Merrill Singer, University of Connecticut
“The contributors in Confronting Cancer…ask us to re-examine our stale assumptions and misuse of such concepts as culture, health disparities, and multiculturalism. The book is both timely and relevant for students, researchers, and practitioners who want to help those who feel powerless or misunderstood when confronted by cancer.” —Jenny Joe, University of Arizona
“This stimulating book challenges the oncology professional’s viewpoint on the real meaning behind the provision of culturally competent healthcare. The goals of this book… are threefold: 1-to examine the metaphors of cancer that teach us about our differences; 2- to delineate metaphors that naturalize inequalities; and 3-to contribute to the alleviation of suffering associated with cancer while exposing those perspectives that seek to homogenize diversity…. The contributing authors in Confronting Cancer engage the professional to examine the anthropology of cancer and the application of concepts such as cultural competence, heatlh disparities, and the complexity of diversity within cultural groups.” —Nancy Jo Bush, UCLA School of Nursing, Oncology Nursing Forum, vol. 37, no. 2, March 2010
Edited Book Chapters
McMullin, Juliet and Ualani Ho‘opai. Mālama Mea ‘ai (Caring for food). In Nourish: The Revitalization of Foodways in Hawaii. Clare Gupta and Gillian Bostock Ewing (eds). Extracurricular Press. 2019
“Zombie Toxins: Abjection and Cancer’s Chemicals.” In The Walking Med: Zombies and the Medical Image. Lorezno Servitje and Sherryl Vint (eds). Penn State University Press. 2016 (peer-reviewed)
“Beyond Toleration and Lip-Service: Engaging Differences & Reflecting on Disciplinary Collaborations.” In Mentoring Faculty of Color: Essays on Professional Development and Advancement in Colleges and Universities. Dwayne Mack, Ellison D. Watson, and Michelle Madsen Camacho (eds). Jefferson: Mcfarland & Co. 2012 pp. 88-103.
“An Anthropology of Cancer” with Diane Weiner. In Confronting Cancer: Metaphors, Advocacy, and Anthropology. Juliet McMullin and Diane Weiner (eds). Santa Fe, NM: School for Advanced Research Press. 2009. Pp 3-26 (peer-reviewed)
“Experiencing Diagnosis: Views from Latina Cervical Cancer Patients.” In Confronting Cancer: Metaphors, Advocacy and Anthropology. Juliet McMullin and Diane Weiner (eds). Santa Fe, NM: School for Advanced Research Press. 2009 Pp.63-82. (peer-reviewed)
Journal Articles (peer reviewed)
Le, A., Miller, K., and McMullin, J. From Particularities to Context: Refining Our Thinking on Illness Narratives. American Medical Association Journal of Ethics. 2017, 19(3):304-311.
“Cancer” in the Annual Review of Anthropology. 45:251-266
“Cancer and the Comics: Graphic Narratives and Biolegitimate Lives” in Medical Anthropology Quarterly. (manuscript online 11/2014) 2016, 30(2):149-167. doi: 10.1111/maq.12172
McMullin J., and A. Dao. “Watching as an Ordinary Affect: Care and Mother’s preemption of injury in child supervision” in Subjectivity 2014, 7: 171-189. doi:10.1057/sub.2014.2
McMullin J., Bone, M., Pang, K., Pang, V., McEligot, AJ. “Native Hawaiian Voices: Enhancing the Role of Cultural Values in Community Based Participatory Research” in California Journal of Health Promotion. 2010; 8(SI):52-62.
McEligot, AJ, McMullin J., Pang, K., Bone, M., Winston, S., Ngewa, R., Park Tanjasiri, S. “Diet, Psychosocial Factors Related to Diet and Exercise, and Cardiometabolic Conditions in Southern Californian Native Hawaiians” in Hawai‘i Medical Journal: A Journal of Asia Pacific Medicine. 2010; 69(S7,2):16-20.
McMullin JM, L. Taumoepeau, M Talakai, F Kivalu, FA Hubbell. “Tongan Perceptions of Cancer” in Cancer Detection and Prevention. 2008; S32: S29-36.
Hubbell FA, Luce PH, Afeaki WP, Cruz LC, McMullin JM, Mummert, A., Pouesi J, Reyes ML, Taumoepeau LT, Tu`ufuli GM, Wenzel L. “Legacy of the Pacific Islander Cancer Control Network” in Cancer, 2006; 107(8):S2091 -2098.
Smith CS, M Morris, W. Hill, C Francovich, McMullin J, J Christiano, L Chavez, et al. “Testing the Exportability of a Tool for Detecting Operational Problems in VA Teaching Clinics” in Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2006; 21(2):152-7
De Alba, I, FA Hubbell, McMullin JM, J Sweningson, R Saitz. “Impact of US Citizenship Status on Cancer Screening Among Immigrant Women” in Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2005; 20:290-296
McMullin JM, “The Call to Life: Revitalizing a Healthy Hawaiian Identity” in Social Science and Medicine. 2005; 61:809-820
Hubbell, FA, Luce PH, McMullin JM “Exploring Beliefs about Cancer Among American Samoans: Focus Group Findings” in Cancer Detection and Prevention. 2005; 29:109-115
McMullin JM, Chavez LR, DeAlba I, Hubbell FA. “Influence and beliefs about cervical cancer etiology on pap smear use among Latina immigrants” in Ethnicity and Health. 2005 1:3-18.
Hubbell FA, Luce PH, Afeaki WP, Cruz LC, Gumataotao T, McMullin JM, Pouesi J, Reyes ML, Taumoepeau LT, Tu`ufuli GM, Wenzel L. “Addressing the cancer control needs of Pacific Islanders: experience of the Pacific Islander Cancer Control Network” in Pacific Health Dialog, 2004; 11(2):233-238.
Smith CS, Morris, M, Hill, W., Francovich, C., McMullin J., Chavez, L., Rhoads, C. “Cultural Consensus Analysis as a Tool for Clinic Improvement” in Journal of General and Internal Medicine. 2004;19:514-518
Chavez LR, McMullin JM, Mishra SI, Hubbell FA. “Beliefs Matter: Cultural Beliefs and the Use of Cervical Cancer Screening Tests” in American Anthropologist. 2001;103:1-16.
McMullin JM, Chavez LR, Hubbell FA. “Knowledge, Power and Experience: Variation in Physicians Perceptions of Breast Cancer Risk Factors” in Medical Anthropology 1996;16:295-317.
Chavez LR, Hubbell FA, McMullin JM, Martinez RG, Mishra SI. “Understanding Knowledge and Attitudes about Breast Cancer: A Cultural Analysis” in Archives of Family Medicine 1995 4:145-152.
Chavez LR, Hubbell FA, McMullin JM, Martinez RG, Mishra SI. “Structure and Meaning in Models of Breast and Cervical Cancer Risk Factors: A Comparison of Perceptions Among Latinas, Anglo Women and Physicians” in Medical Anthropology Quarterly 1995; 9:40-74.
Lissa: A Story About Medical Promise, Friendship, and Revolution. By Sherine Hamdy and Coleman Nye. University of Toronto Press. 2017
Graphic Medicine Manifesto. MK Czerwiec, Ian Williams, Susan Merrill Squier, Michael J. Green, Kimberly R. Myers, and Scott T. Smith. Penn State University Press. 2015
Breast Cancer Genes and the Gendering of Knowledge: Science and Citizenship in the
Cultural Context of the ‘New’ Genetics. Sahra Gibbon. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. 221pp. American Anthropologist. 2008; 110(1):106-107
Reference Work Entries, Newsletters, Blog Posts, and Website
McMullin, J. and S. Pigg. Image + Text: A New Series. Series editor. J. McMullin Somatosphere: Science, Medicine, and Anthropology. July 2015.
Comics in the Community. University of Toronto Press – Teaching Culture 2015.
Oxford Bibliographies Online. Subject area -Public Health. Entry “Culture”. Editor(s): Lawrence W. Green. Oxford University Press. Oxford Bibliographies Online. (2011)
Oxford Bibliographies Online. Subject area – Public Health. Entry – “Cancer Screening”. Editor(s): Lawrence W. Green. Oxford University Press. Oxford Bibliographies Online. (2011)
Miller, Kara and Juliet McMullin – Medical Examinations: Art, Story Theory – Second Opinion: Society for Medical Anthropology Newsletter July 2013
Media and Performance
McMullin, Juliet and Christen Marquez. Look to the Source: Intergenerational Talk Story with Pacific Islander Elders. Film short showing – Pacific Islander Ethnic Art Museum, Long Beach California. Showcase for Pasifik Islander Festival May 18 & 19, 2013.
McMullin, Juliet and Anthro 191 Students – Letting Stories Inspire Culver Arts Center April 26 & 27, 2013. Collaboration of Ethnography and Artwork in Illness Narratives.
Invited Presentations (selected)
Medical and Health Humanities at UCR. With Tiffany Lopez. Panel in conversation with NEH Director William Adams. University of California, Riverside. June 2, 2016.
Graphic Medicine, Panel on Narrative Medicine with Emily Rapp Black and Phillip Mitchell. Antioch University, CA. December 14, 2015.
Image + Text: Death Confronting Comics. Seminar for The History of Mortality: Interdisciplinary Approaches. University of California Humanities Research Institute, Irvine CA. November 5, 2016
Our Stories in Biosketches: Research Opportunities and Agendas. Office of Minority Health Resource Center, Higher Education Technical Assistance Program. San Francisco State University. September 24, 2015
Graphic Medicine: New Perspectives on Narrative, Illness, and Clinical Encounters. Harvard School of Medicine, Culture, Psychiatry, and Global Mental Health Symposium. April 3, 2015
Storytelling and Community Wellness. Master Workshop. 27th Annual Tomas Rivera Conference. University of California, Riverside. February 20, 2015
Drawing Patient Care in Comics (Graphic Medicine). University of California, Irvine. Art of Medicine Symposium. January 10, 2015
Treating the Chemotherapy Chair: Inequality and the infrastructure in Comics. University of Southern California. Medicine and the Image Conference. November 5, 2014
What Graphic Novels Tell us about Cancer Care, Greedy Stories, and the Ethnographic Method. Soka University, Series on Cultures of Health & Healing. April 30, 2014
Communicating Cultural Meaning and Difference in Cancer Inequalities: A Focus on Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Symposium at the Center for Social Stratification and Inequality, Tohoku University, Sendai Japan. January 27, 2013.
Childhood Obesity, Nutrition and Social Context: A Focus on Pacific Islanders. California State University, Fullerton. November 5, 2012.
Metaphors, Advocacy, and Anthropology: Communicating Cultural Meaning and Difference in Cancer Inequalities. Plenary Speaker for the Cancer, Culture & Literacy Conference. Clearwater FL. May 17, 2012.