Your Pocket Is What Cures You: The Politics of Health in Senegal [NOOK Book]

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In the wake of structural adjustment programs in the 1980s and health reforms in the 1990s, the majority of subSaharan African governments spend less than ten dollars per capita on health annually, and many Africans have limited access to basic medical care. Using a communitylevel approach, anthropologist Ellen E. Foley analyzes the implementation of global health policies and how they become intertwined with existing social and political inequalities in Senegal. Your Pocket Is What Cures You examines qualitative...
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Your Pocket Is What Cures You: The Politics of Health in Senegal

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Overview

In the wake of structural adjustment programs in the 1980s and health reforms in the 1990s, the majority of subSaharan African governments spend less than ten dollars per capita on health annually, and many Africans have limited access to basic medical care. Using a communitylevel approach, anthropologist Ellen E. Foley analyzes the implementation of global health policies and how they become intertwined with existing social and political inequalities in Senegal. Your Pocket Is What Cures You examines qualitative shifts in health and healing spurred by these reforms, and analyzes the dilemmas they create for health professionals and patients alike. It also explores how cultural frameworks, particularly those stemming from Islam and Wolof ethnomedicine, are central to understanding how people manage vulnerability to ill health.

While offering a critique of neoliberal health policies, Your Pocket Is What Cures You remains grounded in ethnography to highlight the struggles of men and women who are precariously balanced on twin precipices of crumbling health systems and economic decline. Their stories demonstrate what happens when marketbased health reforms collide with material, political, and social realities in African societies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813549071
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 12/3/2009
  • Series: Studies in Medical Anthropology
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,090,767
  • File size: 374 KB

Meet the Author

Ellen E. Foley is an assistant professor of international development and social change at Clark University.
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Table of Contents

1 A Different African Health Story
2 A Brief History of Senegal
3 Urban and Rural Dilemmas
4 Global Health Reform in Saint Louis
5 Marketbased Medicine and Shantytown Politics in Pikine
6 Knowledge Encounters
7 Gender, Social Hierarchy, and Health Practice
8 Domestic Disputes and Generational Struggles Over Household Health
9 Encountering Development in Ganjool
10 Believe in God, but Plow Your Field
Bibliography
Index
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