A Sociological Study of Antimicrobial use and Resistance in India

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is set to be the challenge of the 21st Century, and AMR itself (i.e. the proliferation of resistant bacteria) and its remedies (i.e. the restriction of antibiotics) will disproportionately affect developing countries (due to limited access to prescribed antibiotics) and poorer communities in developed nations (more prone to infection and poorer access to high-level, formalised services). There is very limited work being done globally to meld critical sociology with concerns around AMR, and virtually no work has been done in India. With an emphasis on developing new and critical understandings of the social underpinnings of antimicrobial use and resistance in India, this project will involve periods of fieldwork and data collection in the subcontinent, with a focus on how factors such as enduring and emerging inequalities, access to care, structural violence, governance practices and so on, shape antimicrobial use in the subcontinent (and beyond). Partnering with IIT Hyderabad, the project will involve immersion in communities in India to explore everyday infection management practices, the impact of resistance within communities, and the interplay of cultural beliefs and structural constraints on community antimicrobial use and misuse.

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Supervisory team
Alex
Broom

Arts and Social Sciences
Practical Justice Initiative, School of Social Sciences
Emma
Kirby

Arts and Social Sciences
Practical Justice Initiative/School of Social Sciences
Duncan
McDuie-Ra

Arts and Social Sciences
Social Sciences
a.broom@unsw.edu.au

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