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

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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.

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“Nichter has written an accessible text that is both critical and constructive, an inspiration as well as a lesson plan. It should be required reading for anyone considering the relevance of social science in global health.” —Current Anthropology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816525744
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 4/24/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Nichter is Regents’ Professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona, with joint appointments in Family and Community Medicine and Public Health. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Anthropology and International Health: Asian Case Studies (co-authored with Mimi Nichter). He has won several awards in the field, including the Margaret Mead Award of the American Anthropological Association, and from 2000 to 2004 he served as president of the Society for Medical Anthropology.
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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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