Anthropology and Public Health Bridging Differences in Culture and Society

ISBN-10: 0195374649

ISBN-13: 9780195374643

Edition: 2nd 2008

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Many serious public health problems confront the world in the new millennium. Anthropology and Public Health examines the critical role of anthropology in four crucial public health domains: (1) anthropological understandings of public health problems such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, and diabetes; (2) anthropological design of public health interventions in areas such as tobacco control and elder care; (3) anthropological evaluations of public health initiatives such as Safe Motherhood and polio eradication; and (4) anthropological critiques of public health policies, including neoliberal health care reforms. As the volume demonstrates, anthropologists provide crucial understandings of public health problems from the perspectives of the populations in which the problems occur. On the basis of such understandings, anthropologists may develop and implement interventions to address particular public health problems, often working in collaboration with local participants. Anthropologists also work as evaluators, examining the activities of public health institutions and the successes and failures of public health programs. Anthropological critiques may focus on major international public health agencies and their workings, as well as public health responses to the threats of infectious disease and other disasters. Through twenty-four compelling case studies from around the world, the volume provides a powerful argument for the imperative of anthropological perspectives, methods, information, and collaboration in the understanding and practice of public health. Written in plain English, with significant attention to anthropological methodology, the book should be required reading for public health practitioners, medical anthropologists, and health policy makers. It should also be of interest to those in the behavioral and allied health sciences, as well as programs of public health administration, planning, and management. As the single most comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of anthropology's role in public health, this volume will inform debates about how to solve the world's most pressing public health problems at a critical moment in human history.
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Book details

List price: $62.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 752
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.354
Language: English

Contributors
Introduction
Anthropological Understandings of Public Health Problems
The Anthropology of Childhood Malaria in Tanzania
Diagnosis and Management of Asthma in the Medical Marketplace of India: Implications for Efforts to Improve Global Respiratory Health
Situating Stress: Lessons from Lay Discourses on Diabetes
Understanding Pregnancy in a Population of Inner-City Women in New Orleans-Results of Qualitative Research
The Limits of "Heterosexual AIDS": Ethnographic Research on Tourism and Male Sexual Labor in the Dominican Republic
Male Infertility and Consanguinity in Lebanon: The Power of Ethnographic Epidemiology
Structural Violence, Political Violence, and the Health Costs of Civil Conflict: A Case Study from Peru
Anthropological Design of Public Health Interventions
Bridges between Mental Health Care and Religious Healing in Puerto Rico: The Outcomes of an Early Experiment
Indigenization of Illness Support Groups for Lymphatic Filariasis in Haiti
Using Formative Research to Explore and Address Elder Health and Care in Chiapas, Mexico
Anthropological Contributions to the Development of Culturally Appropriate Tobacco Cessation Programs: A Global Health Priority
From Street Research to Public Health Intervention: The Hartford Drug Monitoring Project
Sexual Risk Reduction among Married Women and Men in Urban India: An Anthropological Intervention
Anthropological Evaluations of Public Health Initiatives
Honorable Mutilation? Changing Responses to Female Genital Cutting in Sudan
Making Pregnancy Safer for Women around the World: The Example of Safe Motherhood and Maternal Death in Guatemala
Counting on Mother's Love: The Global Politics of Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in Eastern Africa
The Brazilian Response to AIDS and the Pharmaceuticalization of Global Health
Anthropological and Public Health Perspectives on the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in Northern Nigeria
Anthropological Critiques of Public Health Policy
"Sanitary Makeshifts" and the Perpetuation of Health Stratification in Indonesia
Global Panic, Local Repercussions: Economic and Nutritional Effects of Bird Flu in Vietnam
Neoliberal Infections and the Politics of Health: Resurgent Tuberculosis Epidemics in New York City and Lima, Peru
Biological Citizenship After Chernobyl
An Ethnographic Evaluation of Post-Alma Ata Health System Reforms in Mongolia: Lessons for Addressing Health Inequities in Poor Communities
Bureaucratic Aspects of International Health Programs
Index
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