Anthropology and Public Health: Bridging Differences in Culture and Society / Edition 2

Anthropology and Public Health: Bridging Differences in Culture and Society / Edition 2

by Robert A. Hahn, Marcia C. Inhorn, Marcia Claire Inhorn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195374649

ISBN-13: 9780195374643

Pub. Date: 10/17/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195374643
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/17/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
752
Sales rank:
864,004
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction
1Anthropology and the Enhancement of Public Health Practice3
2Folk Flu and Viral Syndrome: An Anthropological Perspective27
3The Role of Anthropological Methods in a Community-Based Mosquito Net Intervention in Bagamoyo District, Tanzania44
4Engaging Indigenous African Healers in the Prevention of AIDS and STDs63
5Anthropological Perspectives on Childhood Pneumonia in Pakistan84
6Ethnography and Breast Cancer Control among Latinas and Anglo Women in Southern California117
7A Policy Approach to Reducing Cancer Risk in Northwest Indian Tribes142
8The Rational Basis of "Irrational" Drug Use: Pharmaceuticals in the Context of Development165
9Cultural Tailoring in Indonesia's National Nutrition Improvement Program182
10Road Warriors: Driving Behaviors on a Polynesian Island211
11Balancing Risks and Resources: Applying Pesticides without Using Protective Equipment in Southern Mexico235
12Prospects for Family Planning in Cote d'Ivoire: Ethnographic Contributions to the Development of Culturally Appropriate Population Policy257
13Integrating Mental Health Care and Traditional Healing in Puerto Rico: Lessons from an Early Experiment279
14Project Community Diagnosis: Participatory Research as a First Step toward Community Involvement in Primary Health Care300
15Neglect of Cultural Knowledge in Health Planning: Nepal's Assistant Nurse-Midwife Program327
16Bureaucratic Aspects of International Health Programs345
AppResources in Anthropology365
Glossary367
Index371

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