Ebola, Culture, and Politics The Anthropology of an Emerging Disease

ISBN-10: 0495009180
ISBN-13: 9780495009184
Edition: 2008
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List price: $68.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 11/27/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

The case studies in this new, acclaimed series illustrate the great value of anthropology in understanding and addressing problems faced by human societies around the world. Each case study examines an issue of socially recognized importance in the historical, geographical, and cultural context of a particular region of the world and includes comparative analysis to highlight not only the local effects of globalization but also the global dimensions of the issue. With readable narrative styles and an engagement with people that goes beyond that of observer and researcher, these anthropologists describe how their work has implications for advocacy, community action, and policy formation. Book jacket.

Barry Hewlett is Professor of Anthropology at Washington State University, Vancouver. He received a Ph.D. from the University of California--Santa Barbara in 1987 and has had appointments at Southern Oregon University, Tulane University, and Oregon State University. He has conducted research in central Africa since 1973 and is the author of INTIMATE FATHERS: THE NATURE AND CONTEXT OF AKA PYGMY PATERNAL INFANT CARE, HUNTER-GATHERER CHILDHODS (edited with Michael Lamb), FATHER, FATHER-CHILD RELATIONS: CULTURAL AND BIOSOCIAL CONTEXTS (Edited), and "Human Behavior and Cultural Context in Disease Control," Special Issue of TROPICAL MEDICINE AND INTERNATIONAL HEALTH (edited with Joan Koss-Chioino). Current research interests include biocultural contexts of infectious and parasitic diseases; the transmission, acquisition, and evolutionary nature of culture; hunter-gatherers; and child development.

Bonnie L. Hewlett worked as a registered nurse in neonatal intensive care before obtaining her Ph.D. degree in anthropology at Washington State University, Pullman. She has conducted research in Gabon, Republic of Congo, and Central African Republic. Her research interests include medical anthropology, adolescent development, hunter-gatherers, and evolutionary cultural anthropology. Recent publications include "Providing Care and Facing Death: Nurses and Ebola in Central Africa" in JOURNAL OF TRANSCULTURAL NURSING, "Vulnerable Lives: Death, Loss, and Grief among Aka and Ngandu Adolescents of the Central African Republic" In HUNTER-GATHERER CHILDHOODS (Barry Hewlett and Michael Lamb, editors), and "Love, Jealousy, and Anger among the Aka Foragers and Ngandu Farmers of the Central African Republic" in LOVE AND INTIMACY ACROSS CULTURES (William Jakowiak, editor). She is currently an adjunct professor of anthropology at Washington State University, Vancouver.

Foreword
Preface
Images and First Contact
What is Ebola?
First Contact
What is Culture?
Key Questions
Organization of the Book
What's New?
Terminology
Outbreak Ethnography: The Anthropologist's Toolkit
Field Conditions
The Relationship between Theory and Methods
What Did We Do m the Field?
Indigenous Knowledge about Epidemics: Uganda 2000-2001
Background on Ugandan Outbreak
Cultural Models
Issues of Concern to National and International Teams
Intracultural Variability
Conclusions
Providing Humanitarian Care: Congo 2003
Background on Congo Outbreak
First Days in the Field
Cultural Models
Issues of Concern to National and International Teams
Intracultural Variability
Conclusion
Facing Death and Somatization: Healthcare Workers and Survivors
Nurses and Other Healthcare Workers
Survivors
Conclusion
Ebola Outbreaks, Past and Present
Yarnbuku, DR Congo (1976)
Kikwit, DR Congo (1995)
Yambio, Sudan (2004)
Conclusion
Outbreak Control
Beliefs and Practices within the Community
Beliefs and Practices from Outside the Community
Conclusions
Explaining Human Responses to Acute High-Mortality Epidemics
Anthropological and Historical Studies of Human Responses to Epidemics
An Evolutionary Biocultural Model
Conclusions
Policy, Bioterrorism, and Bird Flu
Policy Issues
Ebola as a Bioterrorist Weapon and the Threat of a Bird Flu Pandemic
Reflections
References Cited
Index

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