Global Health: An Anthropological Perspective

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Waveland Press, Feb 12, 2013 - Social Science - 142 pages
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Affordable and conceptually accessible, this succinct volume captures the distinctive anthropological perspective on global health issues for undergraduates in the social and health sciences. Ideal for professors who want to add an experiential human face, a cultural dimension, and an emic understanding of health in cross-cultural contexts to interdisciplinary course content, Global Health exposes the day-to-day health challenges people around the world face. Key to its message is that, despite strides in improving worldwide health, human impacts on the environment, violent social conflict, and increasing social inequality diminish the success of global health initiatives to protect against illness, disability, and death.

Readers, gripped by the impact of undeniable, far-reaching realities such as global warming, infectious disease, food insecurity, water crises, war and genocide, and refugee crises, will learn to apply a holistic, anthropological framework in search of solutions to such complex biosocial conditions.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Global Health and the Anthropological Paradigm
1
Chapter 2 The Importance of Culture in Health
21
Chapter 3 Environment and Globalization
35
Chapter 4 Basic Survival Needs and Their Privatization
63
Chapter 5 Our Changing World
87
Chapter 6 A Brighter or Bleaker Future for Global Health?
105
Glossary
113
References
117
Index
133
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