Globalization and Health

Hardcover | September 15, 2006

EditorIchiro Kawachi, Sarah Wamala

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Globalization is breaking down economic, political, cultural, demographic, and social barriers across the world at an astonishing pace. The topic of globalization can arouse passionate debate in many circles including academic journals, the popular media, and even on the streets. This newworld order is marked by new actors, new rules of governance, new forms of communication, and the global movement of populations. Health is an exquisitely sensitive mirror of social conditions, and the authors of this book argue that the assessment of health is an important criterion for evaluatingand monitoring the progress of globalization. This book provides an analysis of the most serious global threats to health, the tools that can be used to evaluate them, and the international agencies established to respond to them. Medical threats such as infectious diseases, obesity, tobacco use, and global climate change are discussed, butthe authors also expand their scope to include socio-political health impacts such as economic inequality. The complex role of organizations such as the World Health Organization, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank is also analyzed, as is the increasing interconnectedness of healthand non-health actors. Is this blurring of boundaries really beneficial to the public's health, or have these actors abandoned health issues for power politics? By drawing together an international group of health experts,Globalization and Health provides a comprehensive account of the successes andfailures, as well as the challenges and opportunities of globalization for public health.

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Globalization is breaking down economic, political, cultural, demographic, and social barriers across the world at an astonishing pace. The topic of globalization can arouse passionate debate in many circles including academic journals, the popular media, and even on the streets. This newworld order is marked by new actors, new rules o...

Ichiro Kawachi is Professor of Health and Social Behavior, Harvard School of Public Health. Sarah Wamala is Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences, Swedish National Institute of Public Health, Stockholm.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 6.81 × 10 × 0.39 inPublished:September 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019517299X

ISBN - 13:9780195172997

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"This book will appeal to the interested health care student, healthcare professionals at all levels and the lay professional public."--Public Health