Politics Of Health And The Crises Of Identity

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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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Editorial Reviews

Sinfree Makoni
Collins Airhihenbuwa has written a book which is at the intersection of a number of different disciplines: public health, and African Studies and African Philosophy. The breadth and ease with which he is able to draw upon and navigate his way through a lot of different material reflects the extent of his scholarship, and its breadth. He is able to effectively demonstrate how issues about health are both a health and a public matter in a manner which is convincing to both public health specialists and Africanists. Airhihenbuwa has written a book which is a must read to both Africanists and public health specialists.
Henry A. Giroux
How a society understands the relationship between health and identity is crucial for how it views and practices democracy. Of course, the crisis of health is not merely a problem of the state, it is now a global problem affecting humanity in general, though in vastly different ways. Healing our Differences addresses with great clarity, insight, and sensitivity the global crisis of health and identity. With great originality and compassion, Healing Our Differences both articulates the complex relationship between matters of health, power, race, and justice while providing new language and a sense of hope for addressing an issue that is central to the struggle over human life and global democracy. This is a book that should be read by everyone concerned about the health of a democracy and the health of the vast populations who inhabit the planet.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742539815
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 11/16/2006
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.69 (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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