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Overview


In this groundbreaking, global analysis of the relationship between climate change and human health, Hans Baer and Merrill Singer inventory and critically analyze the diversity of significant and sometimes devastating health implications of global warming. Using a range of theoretical tools from anthropology, medicine, and environmental sciences, they present ecosyndemics as a new paradigm for understanding the relationship between environmental change and disease. They also go beyond the traditional concept of disease to examine changes in subsistence and settlement patterns, land-use, and lifeways, throwing the sociopolitical and economic dimensions of climate change into stark relief. Revealing the systemic structures of inequality underlying global warming, they also issue a call to action, arguing that fundamental changes in the world system are essential to the mitigation of an array of emerging health crises link to anthropogenic climate and environmental change.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598743548
  • Publisher: Left Coast Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2008
  • Series: Advances in Critical Medical Anthropology, vol. 1
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 238
  • Sales rank: 1,175,134
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Hans Baer teaches in the Development Studies Program and Centre for Health and Society at the University of Melbourne. He is author, co-author, or co-editor of twelve books, including Introducing Medical Anthropology: A Discipline in Action (with Merrill Singer, AltaMira Press 2007), Toward an Integrative Medicine: Merging Alternative Therapies with Biomedicine (AltaMira Press 2004), and Medical Anthropology and the World System (with Merrill Singer and Ida Susser, Praeger, 2d Edn. 2003). He has also authored some 140 book chapters and journal articles, and was awarded the Rudolf Virchow Prize by the Critical Anthropology of Health division of the Society for Medical Anthropology. Merrill Singer, PhD, a medical anthropologist, is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology and a Senior Research Scientist at Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention at the University of Connecticut.  Additionally, he on the faculty of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University. Over his career, his research and writing have focused on HIV/AIDS in highly vulnerable and disadvantaged populations, illicit drug use and drinking behavior, community and structural violence, health disparities, and the political ecology of health. His current research focuses on the nature and impact of both syndemics (interacting epidemics) and pluralea (intersecting ecocrises) on health. Dr. Singer has published over 235 articles and book chapters and has authored or edited 24 books. He is a recipient of the Rudolph Virchow Prize, the George Foster Memorial Award for Practicing Anthropology, the AIDS and Anthropology Paper Prize, the Prize for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America, and the Solon T. Kimball Award for Public and Applied Anthropology.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Global Warming: A Grave Contradiction of the Capitalist World System 17

2 Lifeways in Peril: The Impact of Global Warming on Settlement Patterns and Human Perceptions of Climate 49

3 An Age of Weather Extremes: Consequences for Human Subsistence, Water, and Nutrition 69

4 A Disturbed Planet: Heat Stress, Pollutants, and Environmental Diseases 87

5 Agents of Suffering: The Spread of Waterborne and Vector-Borne Infections 109

6 Ecosyndemics: The Interaction of Changing Environment and Disease 133

7 Adaptation Versus Mitigation: Why Existing Climate Regimes and "Green Capitalism" Are Not Enough to Contain Global Warming 161

8 Toward a Healthier Planet: The Creation of a Democratic Ecosocialist World System 187

References 203

Index 233

About the Authors 237

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