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Invisible Faces and Hidden Stories: Narratives of Vulnerable Populations and Their Caregivers

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Studies in Public and Applied Anthropology

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Invisible Faces and Hidden Stories

Narratives of Vulnerable Populations and Their Caregivers

Edited by Cecilia Sem Obeng and Samuel Gyasi Obeng

158 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-933-4 $120.00/£89.00 Hb Published (November 2020)

eISBN 978-1-78920-934-1 eBook

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“This book’s strength stems from being very interdisciplinary and providing a highly nuanced approach: using “Subjects” own voices to tell their stories is a unique methodology.” • Kwamina Panford, Northeastern University

“The many different stories recount the daily unbearable experiences of people in this community. Each single experience reported in this book represents tens of thousands of closely related cases in the US and abroad.” • Seth Antwi Ofori, University of Ghana

“The editors have compiled a stimulating and thought-provoking collection of narratives …  Most importantly they provide context to assist readers in understanding the different narratives.” • Ronald P. Schaefer, Southern Illinois University


Dealing with narratives of vulnerable populations, this book looks at how they deal with dimensions of their social life, especially in regard to health. It reflects the socio-political ecologies like public hostility and stereotyping, neglect of their unique health needs, their courage to overcome adversity, and the love of family and healthcare providers in mitigating their problems. The narratives inform us about the dissimilarity between the way we speak, what we hear and how we act. American society likes to give the impression that it is listening to the plight of vulnerable populations, but the stories in this volume prove otherwise.

Cecilia Sem Obeng is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Health Science at Indiana University in Bloomington. She has published four books, an edited volume, and over 60 articles.

Samuel Gyasi Obeng is Professor of Linguistics at Indiana University in Bloomington. He has published 30 books, 127 papers in refereed journals and book chapters. His recent books include Ghanaian Politics and Political Communication (Rowman and Littlefield, 2019) which he co-edited with Emmanuel Debrah.

Subject: Medical Anthropology Applied Anthropology Sociology
Area: North America


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Samuel Gyasi Obeng


Cecilia Sem Obeng & Samuel Gyasi Obeng

Chapter 1. “Foxes Have Dens but I Am Homeless:” On the Lived Experiences of a Homeless Man and His Social Worker
Hannah Kelling

Chapter 2. Living with Ataxia: Nancy and Lisa’s Perspectives
Cassie Kresnye

Chapter 3. Discovering Unspoken Communication: Lived Experiences of a Deaf Person and His Doctor
Mackenzie Jones

Chapter 4. Narratives of Two Immigrant Women about Their Lived Experiences in the United States
Dema Kittaneh

Chapter 5. Living as Black and Brown: Culture and Identity on Holistic Health
Kourtney Ayanna Dorqual Byrd

Samuel Gyasi Obeng & Cecilia Sem Obeng

Samuel Gyasi Obeng


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