The War Machine and Global Health

The War Machine and Global Health

by Merrill Singer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0759111901

ISBN-13: 9780759111905

Pub. Date: 01/16/2010

Publisher: AltaMira Press

In the contemporary world, war rivals infectious disease as a global cause of morbidity and mortality. Since the end of World War II, there have been at least 160 wars around the world with as many as 25 million (and probably many more) people killed, most of them civilians. Directly or indirectly, war touches the lives of most people on the planet, often with

Overview

In the contemporary world, war rivals infectious disease as a global cause of morbidity and mortality. Since the end of World War II, there have been at least 160 wars around the world with as many as 25 million (and probably many more) people killed, most of them civilians. Directly or indirectly, war touches the lives of most people on the planet, often with lasting and costly impact. Framed by the holistic and ethnographically grounded theoretical perspective of critical medical anthropology, and more broadly by the political economy of health, this book of essays by leading medical anthropologists and other health social scientists carefully examines the global effects of war, the war industry, and the international weapons trade on human health and well-being. Further, this book goes beyond offering a lively and readable account of a pressing health concern by critically analyzing the political and economic forces driving the war machine to inflict ever-increasing levels of social suffering and loss of life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759111905
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
01/16/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.48(h) x 1.01(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Myriad Impacts of the War Machine on Global Health Merrill Singer G. Derrick Hodge 1

Part 1 The War Machine and Global Morbidity and Mortality

Chapter 1 The Echoes of War: Effects of Early Malnutrition on Adult Health Patrick F. Clarkin 31

Chapter 2 War and the Public Health Disaster in Iraq Scott Harding Kathryn Libal 59

Chapter 3 Children and Revolution: Mental Health and Psychosocial Weil-Being of Child Soldiers in Nepal Brandon A. Kohrt Wietse A. Tol Judith Pettigrew Rohit Karki 89

Part 2 The Environment of War and Its Impact on the Human Environment

Chapter 4 The Causes and Human Costs of Targeting Iraq Elaine A. Hills Dahlia S. Wasfi 119

Chapter 5 The Impact of the War Machine on Global Warming and Health: A Political-Ecological Perspective Hans Baer 157

Chapter 6 Dying of Sorrow: Expulsion, Empire, and the People of Diego Garcia David Vine 179

Part 3 The War Machine and the Machinery of Human Social Life

Chapter 7 Hasbara, Health Care, and the Israeli-Occupied Palestinian Territories Avram Bornstein 209

Chapter 8 Waging War on the Wageless: Extrajudicial Killings, Private Armies, and the Poor of Honduras Adrienne Pine 241

Chapter 9 Olive Drab and White Coats: U.S.: Military Medical Teams Interoperating with Guatemala Abigail E. Adams 277

Conclusion: The Political Economy and Critical Geography of the War Machine C. Derrick Hodge Merrill Singer 303

Index 331

About the Contributors 335

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