Healing Our Differences / Edition 1

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Overview

Healing Our Differences: The Crisis of Global Health and the Politics of Identity asserts that the public health mission and the question of an individual identity are inseparable. Airhihenbuwa deftly explains how the rise in a more uniform, apolitical view of healthcare and health services leads to the devaluation of individual cultures and communities that in turn leads to inequality in the outcome of health care. Citing examples in African and African American communities, Airhihenbuwa shows how an individual cultural need can be lost or silenced in the face of a single uniform statement of public health care. The opportunity presented in this book is one that allows readers to move beyond the individualized notion of identity by allowing instead a collective notion of identity, representative of a community with its own needs, cultural expressions, and meanings. This book affirms public health as a landscape where differences that make differences are promoted and encouraged. Such a public health landscape promotes multiple truths rather than a universal truth.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742539822
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Collins O. Airhihenbuwa is professor in the department of biobehavioral health at Penn State University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Cultural Politics of Identity Chapter 2 To Think Locally and Act Globally? Chapter 3 Language Elasticity: The intersection of the senses Chapter 4 Ethics and the Politics of Professionalism Chapter 5 Ethnicity And Race: A New Double Consciousness? Chapter 6 Omon: The Cultural Meanings of Childhood and Youth Identity Chapter 7 Listening to Her Eyes: Where Motherhood meets Sisterhood Chapter 8 Healing Illness and affirming Health in African Chapter 9 The Future Of Health Promotion: The Legacy of Paulo Freire Chapter 10 Spirituality: The Site of the True Otherness Chapter 11 In The Valley Of Selfhood And Mountains Of Cultures: Contextualizing HIV/AIDS communications Chapter 12 Of Culture And Multiverse: Renouncing The Universal Truth In Health Chapter 13 The Way Forward

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