Anthropology and Public Health: Bridging Differences in Culture and Society

Paperback | October 31, 2008

byRobert A Hahn, Marcia Inborn

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Many serious public health problems confront the world in the new millennium. Anthropology and Public Health examines the critical role of anthropology in four crucial public health domains: (1) anthropological understandings of public health problems such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, and diabetes;(2) anthropological design of public health interventions in areas such as tobacco control and elder care; (3) anthropological evaluations of public health initiatives such as Safe Motherhood and polio eradication; and (4) anthropological critiques of public health policies, including neoliberalhealth care reforms. As the volume demonstrates, anthropologists provide crucial understandings of public health problems from the perspectives of the populations in which the problems occur. On the basis of such understandings, anthropologists may develop and implement interventions to addressparticular public health problems, often working in collaboration with local participants. Anthropologists also work as evaluators, examining the activities of public health institutions and the successes and failures of public health programs. Anthropological critiques may focus on majorinternational public health agencies and their workings, as well as public health responses to the threats of infectious disease and other disasters. Through twenty-four compelling case studies from around the world, the volume provides a powerful argument for the imperative of anthropologicalperspectives, methods, information, and collaboration in the understanding and practice of public health. Written in plain English, with significant attention to anthropological methodology, the book should be required reading for public health practitioners, medical anthropologists, and healthpolicy makers. It should also be of interest to those in the behavioral and allied health sciences, as well as programs of public health administration, planning, and management. As the single most comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of anthropology's role in public health, this volume will informdebates about how to solve the world's most pressing public health problems at a critical moment in human history.

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Many serious public health problems confront the world in the new millennium. Anthropology and Public Health examines the critical role of anthropology in four crucial public health domains: (1) anthropological understandings of public health problems such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, and diabetes;(2) anthropological design of public health i...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:752 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 1.3 inPublished:October 31, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Anthropological Understanding of Public Health Problems1. Vinay Kamat: The Anthropology of Childhood Malaria in Tanzania2. David Van Sickle: Diagnosis and Management of Asthma in the Medical Marketplace of India: Implications for Effort to Improve Global Respiratory Health3. Nancy E. Schoenberg, Elaine M. Drew, and Eleanor Palo Stoller: Situating Stress: Lessons from Lay Discourses on Diabetes4. Carl Kendall, Aimee Afable-Munsuz, Ilene Speizer, Alexis Avery, Norine Schmidt, and John Santelli: Undersatnding Prgnancy in a Population of Inner-City Women in New Orleans-- Results of Qualitative Research5. Mark B. Padilla: The Limits of "Heterosexual AIDS:" Ethnographic Research on Tourism and Male Sexual Labor in the Dominican Republic6. Marcia C. Inhorn, Loulou Kobeissi, Antoine A. Abu-Musa, Johnny Awward, Michael H. Fakih, Najwa Hammoud, Antoine B. Hannoun, Da'ad Lakkis, and Zaher Nassar: Male Infertility and Consanguinity in Lebanon: the Power of Ethnogrpahic Epidemiology7. Tom Leatherman and R. Brooke Thomas: Structural Violence, Political Violence, and the Health Costs of Civil Conflict: A Case Study from PeruPart II: Anthropological Design of Public Health Interventions8. Joan D. Koss-Chioino: Bridges between Mental Health Care and Religious Healing in Puerto Rico: The Outcome of an Early Experiment9. Jeannine Coreil and Gladys Mayard: Indigenization of Illness Support Groups for Lymphatic Filariasis in Haiti10. Namino Glantz: Using Formative Research to Explore and Address Elder Health and Care in Chiapas, Mexico11. Mark Nichter, Mimi Nichter, Siwi Padmawti, C.U. Thresia, and Project Quit Tobacco International Group: Anthropological Contributions to the Development of Culturally Appropriate Tobacco Cessation Programs: A Global Health Priority12. Merrill Singer, Greg Mirhej, Claudia Santelices, and Hassan Saleheen: From Street Research to Public Health Intervetnion: The Hartford Drug Monitoring Project13. Stephen L. Schensul, Ravi K. Verma, Bonnie K. Nastasi, Niranjan Saggurti, and Abdelwahed Mekki-Berrada: Sexual Risk Reduction Among Married Men and Women in Urban India: An Anthropological InterventionPart III: Anthropological Evaluations of Public Health Initiatives14. Ellen Gruenbaum: Honorable Mutilation? Changing Responses to Female Genital Cutting in Sudan15. Nicole S. Berry: Making Pregnancy Safer for Women around the World: The Example of Safe Motherhood and Maternal Death in Guatemala16. Karen Marie Moland and Astrid Blystad: Counting on Mother's Love17. Joao Biehl: The Brazilian Response to AIDS and the Pharmaceuticalization of Global Health18. Elisha P. Renne: Anthropological and Public Health Perspectives on the Polio Eradication Initiative in Northern NigeriaPart IV: Anthropological Critiques of Public Health Policy19. Eric A. Stein: "Sanitary Makeshifts" and the Perpetuation of Health Stratification in Indonesia20. Stacy Lockerbie and D. Ann Herring: Global Panic, Local Repercussions: The Economic and Nutritional Effects of Bird Flu in Vietnam21. Sandy Smith-Nonini: Neoliberal Infections and the Politics of Health: Resurgent Tuberculosis Epidemics in New York City and Lima, Peru22. Adriana Petryna: Biological Citizenship After Chernobyl23. Craig R. Janes: An Ethnographic Evaluation of Post-Alma Ata Health System Reforms in Mongolia: Lessons for Addressing Health Inequities in Poor Communities24. George M. Foster: Bureaucratic Aspects of International Health Programs