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norman klein

College of Natural and Social Sciences
Department of Anthropology

Office: khc4037
Phone: (323)343-2444
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I came to Cal State LA in 1971 and am a professor in the anthropology department. I served as Chair of the Department for ten years and was the principle undergraduate and graduate advisor during that time. I also served as Director of the Advisement Center for the School of Natural and Social Sciences during 2002-2003.



During my years at CSULA, I have taught 20 different undergraduate and graduate courses and seminars in the anthropology department. My teaching has reflected my varied interests in anthropology, for example: Medical Anthropology, Culture Change, Applied Anthropology, and Culture and Innovation. In addition to on campus offerings of medical anthropology I also taught that course at eight different hospitals, once as a field methods course at Rancho Los Amigos, and twice as a televised course for ITFS. I also developed a three-term sequence of courses under a Ford Foundation grant, which involved students to conduct research on the homeless at the Weingart Center in downtown Los Angeles. I have also taught courses for other departments and these included Health and the Urban Life for Geography and Urban Studies, Impact of Technology on Society for Engineering, and Women in Crisis for Women’s Studies.



For most of my professional career my primary interest has been in medical anthropology with an emphasis on integrative medicine, as a sampling of my publications demonstrates: Health and Community: A Rural American Study, Culture, Curers, and Contagion, “Is There a Right Way to Die?” Psychology Today (reprinted numerous times, for example in Annual Editions in Anthropology, Death and Dying: Opposing Viewpoints, and as “Wake Up and Die Right: Death in the Age of Feeling” in Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum), and “Myth and Ritual in Chiropractic” in the California Anthropologist. More recently (since about 1993) my interests have turned to visual anthropology with a continued emphasis on medical topics. Research in China and Indonesia resulted in two films. East Meets West: Traditional and Orthodox Medicine, which I wrote, filmed, narrated and co-edited, was a winner at a UCLA film festival and The Balian of Klungkung which I also wrote, filmed, narrated, and co-edited and was later a finalist at a UCLA festival. I also co-wrote, narrated and co-edited the film African and Western Medicine (filmed by Robert T. Anderson). East Meets West and the African Medicine film are being distributed by Harcourt Brace. In addition, I participated in the production of six additional films by narrating, co-editing, providing footage or assisting in maintaining funding for the projects. Most recently, in fall 2004, I co-authored a book chapter with Robert Anderson, “Two Ethnographers and One Bonesetter in Bali” in Healing by Hand: Manual Medicine and Bonesetting in Global Perspective. In this chapter we investigate how two anthropologists (the authors) filming the same topic could have very divergent interpretations. Projects in progress have both medical and non-medical themes.



B.A. 1965

  • California State University, Los Angeles

M.A. 1966

  • University of California, Los Angeles

Ph.D. 1975

  • University of Oregon












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Balian of Klungkung