Global Health Policy, Local Realities: The Fallacy of the Level Playing Field

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Challenging the idea that recipient nations share the same "level playing field" with regard to conceptions of health, illness, and at- risk populations, contributors to this volume analyze the outcomes of humanitarian projects that fail to recognize local ethnic and national identities, as well as the tensions between international health agencies' mandates and powerful centralized government agendas. Case studies are drawn from Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Contributors include researchers, professors, and practitioners in the fields of medicine, anthropology, international health, social history, development policy, and other fields. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555878740
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Series: Directions in Applied Anthropology Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 333

Table of Contents

Introduction: Health, Globalization, and the Fallacy of the Level Playing Field 1
Pt. 1 International Health Policy and Issues of Localization
1 The Politics of Child Survival 23
2 Administering the Epidemic: HIV/AIDS Policy, Models of Development, and International Health 39
3 Local Identity, Globalization, and Health in Cuba and the Dominican Republic 57
4 Health Care from the Perspectives of Minahasa Villagers, Indonesia 79
Pt. 2 The Global Pharmacy
5 The King's Law Stops at the Village Gate: Local and Global Pharmacy Regulation in Vietnam 105
6 The Business of Medicines and the Politics of Knowledge in Uganda 127
Pt. 3 Relocating Bodies and Body Parts
7 Bodies Transported: Health and Identity Among Involuntary Immigrant Women 151
8 Poverty, Pity, and the Erasure of Power: Somali Refugee Dependency 177
9 Ethical Issues in Human Organ Replacement: A Case Study from India 205
Pt. 4 Globalizing Mothering
10 Does Authoritative Knowledge in Infant Nutrition Lead to Successful Breast-Feeding? A Critical Perspective 233
11 Reforming Routines: A Baby-Friendly Hospital in Urban China 265
Pt. 5 Conclusion
12 International Health Research: The Rules of the Game 291
Selected Bibliography 315
The Contributors 319
Index 325
About the Book 333
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