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

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

by Mark Nichter
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0816525749

ISBN-13: 9780816525744

Pub. Date: 04/24/2008

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

In this lesson-packed book, Mark Nichter, one of the world's 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.

Global Health critically examines

Overview

In this lesson-packed book, Mark Nichter, one of the world's 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.

Global Health critically examines representations that frame international health discourse and 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816525744
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Publication date:
04/24/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction     1
Popular Health Culture     23
Perceptions of Ethnophysiology Matter     25
Representations of Illness Causality and Vectors That Transmit Disease     41
Why Is Research on Local Illness Categories Important?     69
Perceptions of Pharmaceuticals and Quality of Care     85
Rhetoric Matters     105
Representations That Frame Health and Development Policy     107
Representations of Health Status and Social Formations     119
NGOs, Social Capital, and the Politics of the Possible     133
Future Research     151
Toward a Next Generation of Social Science Research in Global Health     153
References     187
Index     261

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