Mary Alice Scott
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Scott is a medical anthropologist whose research interests include critical ethnographic analysis of health, health care, and health policy in the United States, with particular focus on the U.S.-Mexico border region. She is also interested in participatory methodologies and action-oriented research.
Describes the implementation and evaluation of an interprofessional training for graduate-level healthcare trainees. The results suggest that after completing the training, trainees felt more confident in their ability to work within an interprofessional team and more likely to utilise a team-based approach in the future.
Analyzes a YPAR project on educational inequities conducted with high school students in a college access program. Through case study analysis of in-depth interviews with student-researchers and participant observation of the research process, the article suggests that the YPAR model moves students towards praxis by helping them develop more authoritative voices, renegotiate identity as part of a social process of belonging, and begin to envision their roles in creating a more just world. Aargues that the tensions inherent in critical pedagogical processes like that of YPAR present fruitful challenges for continuing reflection on working both within and against existing educational systems.
Addresses the persistent failure of schooling to support underserved students, youth participatory action research (YPAR) has emerged as an alternative and critical paradigm for educational practice.
Draws from experience with navigating the complexities of consuming Coca-Cola and other soft drinks as a starting point to examine the conflicting roles that such drinks played in the lives of women in Los Canales, Veracruz, Mexico. Argues that in order to understand the seeming conflict between women's recognition of the health consequences of drinking soft drinks and continued extensive use of them, one must move beyond simple notions of non-compliance, fatalism, and lack of proper education. Instead, a broader understanding of health and well-being that includes conceptions of respect, enjoyment, safety, and sociality in the context of a lack of resources to maintain healthy diets is necessary.
Focuses on the health consequences of care work for grandmothers in southern Veracruz, Mexico who assume the primary responsibility for caring for their grandchildren when the parents migrate out of the community.