Anna Wood

Anna Wood is an anthropology major at Middlebury College, minoring in global health and Spanish. Particularly interested in medical anthropology, she has studied sociopolitical constructions of health, body plasticity, and medical care under capitalist regimes. After experiencing years of pharmaceutical treatment for a bone condition, she seeks to investigate the individualist, biopowered approach to neoliberal healthcare, specifically in regards to hormonal manipulation. In Middlebury’s Medical Anthropology course, she examined the pharmaceutically regulated menstrual cycle as an artifact of sociopolitical control, complicating the relationship between self agency and institutional hegemony. For the Body Online collective, she is looking at this self-making phenomena in tandem with holistic consumption, unearthing the erasure of traditional context within contemporary wellness blogs. By rejecting institutional healthcare, wellness blogs reposition holistic practices as avenues to self improvement, effectively removing traditional knowledge from the public sphere. As a competitive runner and triathlete, Anna looks forward to interrogating online spaces that produce cultural conceptions of fitness and “good” health; these forms of information have heavily influenced her own lived experiences. Ultimately, she hopes to lay bare the sociocultural situations that dictate meanings of health* in market society. Aside from athletics, Anna is involved in a cappella, journalism, and nutrition outreach programs.

Anna Wood