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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This book describes the skills and attitudes needed to conduct anthropological research in community health.
Purpose: The purpose is to help health workers learn to use the tools of anthropological research to gain insight into the social causes of illness.
Audience: The target audience is anthropological researchers and students in the field. The author is an expert in the field, with 30 years of experience.
Features: Four broad areas are discussed. The first four chapters cover the philosophical foundation and concepts related to anthropological research. Chapters five through eight deal with the specifics of designing and conducting a research project. Chapters nine and ten cover the theory of needs and theory of hope as related to anthropological research. The final chapters cover action research, teaching health anthropology, and professionalism.
Assessment: This book should be very useful to the target audience since it covers the basics of anthropological research. It does not replace a basic introduction to research textbook.