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ANT 4302/ANG 6905: Sex Roles in Anthropological Perspective

Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, journal articles, and other works accompanied by descriptive and critical paragraph length summaries.

For additional help and examples, see the UWF Libraries guide for writing an Annotated Bibliography


The annotated bibliography will summarize SIX (undergrads) or TEN (grads) carefully selected scholarly articles, clearly and succinctly outlining the gist of each article and highlighting key themes relevant to your project. Above all, you must make it clear that you have read and understood each article and can link them all together in some cohesive narrative.

Example annotation: 

Lukachko, A., Hatzenbuehler, M.L., and Keyes, K.M. (2014). Structural racism and myocardial infarction in the United States. Social Science & Medicine 103, 42-50

This article evaluates the link between structural racism (SR) and myocardial infarction (MI) among Blacks and Whites in the US using national-level data from 2002-2003. The data here show that Blacks living in US states with higher incidence of structural racism suffer disproportionately from MI, while Whites benefit from structural racism – Whites living in US states with higher incidence of SR experience MI at a lower rate than Whites living in US states with lower SR. The pattern of SR and MI persists except for Blacks with high status jobs, suggesting that they may encounter racism (likely interpersonal) more often than those in lower status jobs, resulting in higher risk for MI.

Because the recent spike in maternal mortality (MM) in the US has been attributed primarily to increasing rates of cardiovascular disease and cardiomyopathy, and because Black women die from pregnancy-related causes at 4x the rate than White women (Creanga et al. 2015), better understanding how racism and discrimination may contribute is important for understanding changes in MM, and differential risk for Black and White populations (this article does not mention MM at all). How the authors define and conceptualize SR at the state level is also useful for my grant, and contributes to my argument that understanding the local context (stressors, etc. that are unique to a community) is important for understanding patterns in MM: “states vary substantially in their past and present policies, laws, and institutional practices that systematically disadvantage Blacks, thereby creating unique cultures of racism” (44). There is a lack of qualitative and historical data, however – which is a gap medical anthropology could fill what else contributes to the ‘unique cultures of racism’ that Black women may encounter, and how are these stressors experienced? Will link this with the sychobiological stress response as the (a?) mechanism through which racism and discrimination likely impact poor health outcomes (Brunner & Marmot 2010). Finally, Krieger’s ecosocial theory may also be a useful framework to use? Structural racism And structural violence – SV an umbrella term that would include SR?