Anthropology in Public Health

Anthropology in Public Health : Bridging Differences in Culture and Society

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Cultural and social boundaries often separate those who participate in public health activities, and it is a major challenge to translate public health knowledge and technical capacity into public health action across these boundaries. This book provides an overview of anthropology, and illustrates with the aid of 15 case studies, concepts and methods that could help us understand and resolve diverse public health problems across the world and across these boundaries. This text shows how differences in concepts and terminology among patients, clinicians, and epidemiologists in a southwestern U.S. county hinder the control of epidemics. In addition, it also examines why Mexican farmers don't use protective equipment when spraying pesticides and suggest ways to increase use. Thje subsequent section examines the culture of international health agencies, demonstrates institutional values and practices that impede effective public health practice, and suggests issues that must be addressed to enhance institutional organization and process.
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  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 31.75mm | 812g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 4 line drawings
  • 0195129024
  • 9780195129021

Table of contents

Participatory research as a first step towards how anthropology can enhance public health practice; Part 1 Infectious diseases: folk fly and viral syndrome - an anthropological perspective, Susan McCombie; the role of anthropological methods in a community-based mosquito net intervention in Bagamoyo District, Tanzania, Peter J. Winch; engaging indigenous African healers in the prevention of AIDS and STDs, Edward C. Green; anthropological perspectives on childhood pneumonia in Pakistan, Dorothy S. Mull. Part 2 Cancer: ethnography and breast cancer control among Latino and Anglo women in Southern California; Leao R. Chavez, F. Allan Hubbell, and Shiraz I. Mishra; a policy approach to reducing cancer risk in Northwest Indian tribes. Part 3 Pharmacy and nutrition; the rational basis of "irrational" drug use - pharmaceuticals in the context of development, Nina L. Elkin, Paul J. Ross, and Ibrahim Muazzamu; cultural tailoring in Indonesia's National Nutrition Improvement Program, Marcia Griffiths and Michael Favin. Part 4 Injury and occupational health, Judith Barker; road warriors - driving behaviours on a Polynesian island; applying pesticides without protective equipment in Southern Mexico, Linda M. Hunt, Rolondo Tinoco Ojanguren, Norah Schwarts, and David Halperin; balancing risks and resources equipment in Southern Mexico. Part 5 Community health - prospects for family planning in Cote d'Ivoire - ethnographic contributions to the development of culturally appropriate population policy, Ruth P. Wilson, Carolyn F. Sargent, Shegou Darrer, and Kouame Kale; integrating mental health care and traditional healing in Puerto Rico, Joan D. Koss-Chioino; lessons from an early experiment, Mark Nichter; project community diagnosis - participatory research as a first step towards community involvement in primary health care. Part 6 Neglect of cultural knowledge in health planning, Judith Justice; Nepals's assistant nurse-midwife program; bureaucratic aspects of international health programs, George M. Foster. Appendix.
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