Anthropology and Public Health

Anthropology and Public Health : Bridging Differences in Culture and Society

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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.show more

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  • Paperback | 752 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 38.1mm | 952.54g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 15 halftones, 10 line illustrations
  • 0195374649
  • 9780195374643
  • 640,229

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This book is oriented towards public health practitioners, and, as befits the supremely pragmatic orientation of that field, it is a very helpful compendium of the applications of medical anthropology to solve specific problems. As a collection of case studies, it is probably without peer. It is broader in orientation than either Trostle's Epidemiology and Culture (Cambridge University Press, 1995) or Nichter's Global Health: Why Cultural Perceptions, Social Representations, and Biopolitics Matter (University of Arizona Press, 2008). * Doody's *show more

About Robert A. Hahn

Robert A. Hahn, PhD, MPH is a Senior Scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control in Atlanta, Georgia. Marcia C. Inhorn, PhD, MPH, is William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at Yale University.show more

Table of contents

PART I: ANTHROPOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDING OF PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEMS ; 1. The Anthropology of Childhood Malaria in Tanzania ; 2. Diagnosis and Management of Asthma in the Medical Marketplace of India: Implications for Effort to Improve Global Respiratory Health ; 3. Situating Stress: Lessons from Lay Discourses on Diabetes ; 4. Undersatnding Prgnancy in a Population of Inner-City Women in New Orleans- Results of Qualitative Research ; 5. The Limits of "Heterosexual AIDS:" Ethnographic Research on Tourism and Male Sexual Labor in the Dominican Republic ; 6. Male Infertility and Consanguinity in Lebanon: the Power of Ethnogrpahic Epidemiology ; 7. Structural Violence, Political Violence, and the Health Costs of Civil Conflict: A Case Study from Peru ; PART II: ANTHROPOLOGICAL DESIGN OF PUBLIC HEALTH INTERVENTIONS ; 8. Bridges between Mental Health Care and Religious Healing in Puerto Rico: The Outcome of an Early Experiment ; 9. Indigenization of Illness Support Groups for Lymphatic Filariasis in Haiti ; 10. Using Formative Research to Explore and Address Elder Health and Care in Chiapas, Mexico ; 11. Anthropological Contributions to the Development of Culturally Appropriate Tobacco Cessation Programs: A Global Health Priority ; 12. From Street Research to Public Health Intervetnion: The Hartford Drug Monitoring Project ; 13. Sexual Risk Reduction Among Married Men and Women in Urban India: An Anthropological Intervention ; PART III: ANTHROPOLOGICAL EVALUATIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES ; 14. Honorable Mutilation? Changing Responses to Female Genital Cutting in Sudan ; 15. Making Pregnancy Safer for Women around the World: The Example of Safe Motherhood and Maternal Death in Guatemala ; 16. Counting on Mother's Love ; 17. The Brazilian Response to AIDS and the Pharmaceuticalization of Global Health ; 18. Anthropological and Public Health Perspectives on the Polio Eradication Initiative in Northern Nigeria ; PART IV: ANTHROPOLOGICAL CRITIQUES OF PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY ; 19. "Sanitary Makeshifts" and the Perpetuation of Health Stratification in Indonesia ; 20. Global Panic, Local Repercussions: The Economic and Nutritional Effects of Bird Flu in Vietnam ; 21. Neoliberal Infections and the Politics of Health: Resurgent Tuberculosis Epidemics in New York City and Lima, Peru ; 22. Biological Citizenship After Chernobyl ; 23. An Ethnographic Evaluation of Post-Alma Ata Health System Reforms in Mongolia: Lessons for Addressing Health Inequities in Poor Communities ; 24. Bureaucratic Aspects of International Health Programsshow more

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