Global Health Why Cultural Perceptions, Social Representations, and Biopolitics Matter

ISBN-10: 0816525749

ISBN-13: 9780816525744

Edition: 2008

Authors: Mark Nichter, Mark Nichter

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In this lesson-packed book, Mark Nichter, one of the worlds leading medical anthropologists, summarizes what more than a quarter-century of health social science research has contributed to international health and elucidates what social science research can contribute to global health and the study of biopolitics in the future. Nichter focuses on our cultural understanding of infectious and vector-borne diseases, how they are understood locally, and how various populations respond to public health interventions. The book examines the perceptions of three groups whose points of view on illness, health care, and the politics of responsibility often differ and frequently conflict: local populations living in developing countries, public health practitioners working in international health, and health planners/policy makers. The book is written for both health social scientists working in the fields of international health and development and public health practitioners interested in learning practical lessons they can put to good use when engaging communities in participatory problem solving. Global Health critically examines representations that frame international health discourse. It also addresses the politics of what is possible in a world compelled to work together to face emerging and re-emerging diseases, the control of health threats associated with political ecology and defective modernization, and the rise of new assemblages of people who share a sense of biosociality. The book proposes research priorities for a new program of health social science research. Nichter calls for greater involvement by social scientists in studies of global health and emphasizes how medical anthropologists in particular can better involve themselves as scholar activists.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 4/24/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.70" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Popular Health Culture
Perceptions of Ethnophysiology Matter
Representations of Illness Causality and Vectors That Transmit Disease
Why Is Research on Local Illness Categories Important?
Perceptions of Pharmaceuticals and Quality of Care
Rhetoric Matters
Representations That Frame Health and Development Policy
Representations of Health Status and Social Formations
NGOs, Social Capital, and the Politics of the Possible
Future Research
Toward a Next Generation of Social Science Research in Global Health
References
Index
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