Religion as a Social Determinant of Public Health

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EditorEllen L. Idler

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Frequently in partnership, but sometimes at odds, religious institutions and public health institutions work to improve the well-being of their communities. There is an increasing awareness among public health professionals and the general public that the social conditions of poverty, lack ofeducation, income inequality, poor working conditions, or experiences of discrimination play a dominant role in determining health status. But this broad view of the social determinants of health has, until now, largely ignored the role of religious practices and institutions in shaping the lifeconditions of billions around the globe. In Religion as a Social Determinant of Public Health, leading scholars in the social sciences, public health, and religion address this omission by examining the embodied sacred practices of the world's religions, the history of alignment and tension between religious and public health institutions,the research on the health impact of religious practice throughout the life course, and the role of religious institutions in health and development efforts around the globe. In addition, the volume explores religion's role in the ongoing epidemics of HIV/AIDS and Alzheimer's disease, as well as preparations for an influenza pandemic. Together, these essays help complete the picture of the social determinants of health by including religion, which has until now been aninvisible determinant.Some health-determining influence flows through people's participation in religious practices and affiliation with mosques, synagogues, and churches. Some of it flows through lifestyle factors associated with religious observance. Some comes from relationships between religious institutions andinstitutions of public health and medical care. Some comes from the role religious institutions play in their communities, and in providing help for those in need and leveraging social capital.A groundbreaking work, Religion as a Social Determinant of Public Health explores the complex, multifaceted role of faith traditions and public health in throughout history, today, in in the future.

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Frequently in partnership, but sometimes at odds, religious institutions and public health institutions work to improve the well-being of their communities. There is an increasing awareness among public health professionals and the general public that the social conditions of poverty, lack ofeducation, income inequality, poor working c...

Ellen Idler, Director of the Religion and Public Health Collaborative at Emory University, is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Sociology, and holds a joint appointment in Epidemiology in the Rollins School of Public Health. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and the author of Cohesiveness and Coherence: Religio...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 25, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ForewordEllen Idler and Laurie Patton: Preface: Religious Literacy is a Twenty-First-Century Skill1. Ellen Idler: Religion: The Invisible Social DeterminantPart I. Public Health in the Practices of the World's Faith TraditionsIntroductionDaily Religious Practices2. Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi and Brendan Ozawa-de Silva: Refuge Meditation in Contemporary Buddhism3. Eric Reinders: Taiji (T'ai-chi) in Taoism4. Kathryn M. Yount: Veiling in Islam: A Western Feminist Outsider's Perspective5. George H. Grant and Jose Montenegro: Vegetarianism in Seventh-day Adventism6. Phillip M. Thompson: The Eucharist in Roman Catholicism7. Don E. Saliers: Congregational Hymn Singing in Mainline ProtestantismAnnual Religious Practices8. Chikako Ozawa-da Silva: Hatsumde, or Visitation of Shinto Shrines: Religion and Culture in the Japanese Context9. Abdullahi An-Na'im: Fasting in IslamOne-Time Religious Practices10. Don Seeman: Circumcision in Judaism: The Sign of the Covenant11. Emmanuel Yartekwei Amugi Lartey: Puberty Rites in African Religious Traditions: Kloyo Peemi12. L. Wesley de Souza: Baptism by Immersion in Latin American Evangelical Pentecostalism: The Santa Cruz Case13. Bhagirath Majmudar: Cremation Rites in HinduismPart II. Religion in the History of Public HealthIntroduction14. Karen D. Scheib: Christian Commitment to Public Well-Being: John Wesley's "Sensible Regimen" and "Primitive Physick"15. John Blevins: US Public Health Reform Movements and the Social Gospel16. Lynn Hogue and Carol Hogue: Anthony Comstock: A Religious Fundamentalist's Negative Impact on Reproductive HealthPart III. Religion and Public Health across the Life CourseIntroduction17. Laurie M. Gaydos and Patricia Z. Page: Religion and Reproductive Health18. Ellen Idler: Religion and Physical Health from Childhood to Old Age19. Brendan Ozawa-de Silva: Religion, Spirituality, and Mental Health: Toward a Preventive Model Based on the Cultivation of Basic Human ValuesPart IV. Religion and Public Health across the GlobeIntroduction20. Peter J. Brown: Religion and Global Public Health21. Matthew Bersagel Braley: The Christian Medical Commission and the World Health Organization22. Ellen Idler: Ingenious Institutions: Religious Origins of Health and Development Organizations23. James R. Cochrane, Deborah McFarland, and Gary R. Gunderson: Mapping Religious Resources for Health: The African Religious Health Assets ProgrammePart V. Religion and Three Public Health Challenges of Our TimeIntroduction24. Safiya George Dalmida and Sandra Thurman: HIV/AIDS25. Mimi Kiser and Scott Santibaez: Influenza Pandemic26. Kenneth Hepburn and Theodore Johnson: Alzheimer's Disease and DementiasPaul Wolpe, Walter Burnett, and Ellen Idler: Conclusion: Religion's Role as a Social Determinant of Twenty-First-Century Health: Perspectives from the DisciplinesContributorsIndex