Global Health: Why Cultural Perceptions, Social Representations, and Biopolitics Matter

The book examines the perceptions of three groups whose points of view on illness, health care, and the politics of responsibility often differ and frequently conflict: local populations living in developing countries, public health practitioners working in international health, and health planners/policy makers.

Global health critically examines representations that frame international health discourse. The book is written for both health social scientists working in the fields of international health and development and public health practitioners interested in learning practical lessons they can put to good use when engaging communities in participatory problem solving.

In this lesson-packed book, one of the world’s leading medical anthropologists, Mark Nichter, summarizes what more than a quarter-century of health social science research has contributed to international health and elucidates what social science research can contribute to global health and the study of biopolitics in the future.

The book proposes research priorities for a new program of health social science research. Nichter calls for greater involvement by social scientists in studies of global health and emphasizes how medical anthropologists in particular can better involve themselves as scholar activists. Nichter focuses on our cultural understanding of infectious and vector-borne diseases, how they are understood locally, and how various populations respond to public health interventions.

Used book in Good Condition. It also addresses the politics of what is possible in a world compelled to work together to face emerging and re-emerging diseases, the control of health threats associated with political ecology and defective modernization, and the rise of new assemblages of people who share a sense of biosociality.


Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction California Series in Public Anthropology

University of California Press. The interdisciplinary approach outlined in this text should prove useful not only in schools of public health, and history, sociology, but also in undergraduate and graduate classes in anthropology, nursing, and medicine, political economy, among others. The case studies presented throughout Reimagining Global Health bring together ethnographic, theoretical, and historical perspectives into a wholly new and exciting investigation of global health.

Insisting on an approach that is historically deep and geographically broad, the authors underline the importance of a transdisciplinary approach, and offer a highly readable distillation of several historical and ethnographic perspectives of contemporary global health problems. Drawn from a harvard course developed by their student Matthew Basilico, this work provides an accessible and engaging framework for the study of global health.

Bringing together the experience, jim yong kim, Reimagining Global Health provides an original, and Arthur Kleinman, perspective and expertise of Paul Farmer, compelling introduction to the field of global health.

Turning the World Upside Down: The search for global health in the 21st Century

Many thousands of young professionals want a different professional education for themselves - in global health. There is already a movement of people and ideas travelling in this direction. Rich countries import trained health workers and export their ideas and ideology about health in poorer ones, whether or not they are appropriate or useful.

University of California Press. At the same time, richer countries and their health workers could help poorer countries to train, in their own country, the workers they need for the future. It is based on nigel crisp's own journey from running the largest health system in the world to working in some of the poorest countries, and draws upon his own experiences to explore new ideas and innovations around the world.

The book has three unique features: describes what rich countries can learn from poorer ones, not treating them as totally different, as well as the other way round Deals with health in rich and poor countries in the same way, and suggests that instead of talking about international development we should talk about co-development Sets out a new vision for global health, and our rights and accountabilities as citizens of the world There is an unfair import export business in people and ideas that flourishes between rich and poor countries.

Taylor Francis. Together with the leaders from poorer countries and the innovators around the world, they are creating a new global vision for health. Turning the world upside down is a search for understanding that helps us to see how Western Scientific Medicine, which has served us so well in the 20th Century, needs to adapt and evolve to cope with the demands of the 21st Century.

What, without the resources or the baggage of rich countries, nigel crisp asks, if we were to turn the world upside down - so the import export business was reversed and poorer countries exported their ideas and experience whilst richer ones exported their health workers?Health leaders in poorer countries, have learned to innovate, to build on the strengths of the population and their communities and develop new approaches that are relevant for the rich and poor alike.

Unhealthy Health Policy: A Critical Anthropological Examination

University of California Press. The authors define an _anthropology of policy_ concerned with decisionmaking and the impact of health policy on human lives. Taylor Francis. This new collection turns a critical anthropological eye on the nature of health policy internationally. The authors reveal the prevailing social inequalities that often represent significant threats to the health and well being of the poor, ethnic minorities, and women.

Used book in Good Condition. It will be a critical resource for researchers and practitioners in medical anthropology, public policy, medical sociology, and public health care.

SARS in China: Prelude to Pandemic?

Taken together, these essays demonstrate that SARS had the potential of becoming a major turning point in human history. The sars epidemic of 2003 was one of the most serious public health crises of our times. They analyze sars as a form of social suffering and raise questions about the relevance of national sovereignty in the face of such global threats.

This book thus poses a question of the greatest possible significance: Can we learn from SARS before the next pandemic?Contributors:Erik EckholmJoan KaufmanArthur Kleinman Dominic Lee Sing LeeMegan Murray Thomas G. Taylor Francis. Used book in Good Condition. Recent warnings from the world health organization WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC regarding avian flu make it clear that SARS may have been a prelude to bigger things.

The contributors to this volume include a journalist, WHO's representative in Beijing, and health care professionals, several of whom found themselves on the frontlines of the battle to understand and control SARS. Watson hong zhangYun Kwok Wing University of California Press. The event, a wake-up call for public health professionals, security officials, economic planners, which lasted only a few months, is best seen as a warning shot, and policy makers everywhere.

Used book in Good Condition. Sars in china addresses the structure and impact of the epidemic and its short and medium range implications for an interconnected, globalized world.

Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor California Series in Public Anthropology

Paul farmer, peru, a physician and anthropologist with twenty years of experience working in Haiti, and Russia, argues that promoting the social and economic rights of the world’s poor is the most important human rights struggle of our times. University of California Press. Used book in Good Condition.

Used book in Good Condition. Farmer shows that the same social forces that give rise to epidemic diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis also sculpt risk for human rights violations. Pathologies of power uses harrowing stories of life―and death―in extreme situations to interrogate our understanding of human rights.

With passionate eyewitness accounts from the prisons of Russia and the beleaguered villages of Haiti and Chiapas, this book links the lived experiences of individual victims to a broader analysis of structural violence. University of California Press. Farmer’s urgent plea to think about human rights in the context of global public health and to consider critical issues of quality and access for the world’s poor should be of fundamental concern to a world characterized by the bizarre proximity of surfeit and suffering.

Farmer’s disturbing examples are linked to a guarded optimism that new medical and social technologies will develop in tandem with a more informed sense of social justice. He illustrates the ways that racism and gender inequality in the United States are embodied as disease and death. Otherwise, he concludes, we will be guilty of managing social inequality rather than addressing structural violence.

Will to Live: AIDS Therapies and the Politics of Survival In-Formation

At the core of will to live is a group of AIDS patients--unemployed, homeless, involved with prostitution and drugs--that established a makeshift health service. Used book in Good Condition. Taylor Francis. Ethnography, social medicine, and art merge in this unique book, illuminating the care and agency needed to extend life amid perennial violence.

More broadly, biehl examines the political economy of pharmaceuticals that lies behind large-scale treatment rollouts, revealing the possibilities and inequalities that come with a magic bullet approach to health care. Full of lessons for the future, Will to Live promises to have a lasting influence in the social sciences and in the theory and practice of global public health.

. Used book in Good Condition. Will to live aids Therapies and the Politics of Survival. But anthropologist joão biehl also tells why this policy, hailed as a model worldwide, has been so difficult to implement among poor Brazilians with HIV/AIDS, who are often stigmatized as noncompliant or untreatable, becoming invisible to the public.

Will to live tells how brazil, government reformers, development agencies, became the first developing country to universalize access to life-saving AIDS therapies--a breakthrough made possible by an unexpected alliance of activists, against all odds, and the pharmaceutical industry. By moving back and forth between the institutions shaping the Brazilian response to AIDS and the people affected by the disease, scope, Biehl has created a book of unusual vividness, and detail.

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Lissa: A Story about Medical Promise, Friendship, and Revolution ethnoGRAPHIC

Years later, anna learns that she may carry the hereditary cancer gene responsible for her mother's death. Used book in Good Condition. University of California Press. Their friendship is put to the test when these medical crises reveal stark differences in their perspectives. Until revolutionary unrest in Egypt changes their lives forever.

The first book in a new series, lissa brings anthropological research to life in comic form, inequalities, combining scholarly insights and accessible, visually-rich storytelling to foster greater understanding of global politics, and solidarity. Used book in Good Condition. As young girls in cairo, cultural, Anna and Layla strike up an unlikely friendship that crosses class, and religious divides.

University of California Press. Meanwhile, layla's family is faced with a difficult decision about kidney transplantation. Will to live aids Therapies and the Politics of Survival. Taylor Francis.

Being There: The Fieldwork Encounter and the Making of Truth

University of California Press. Taylor Francis. To demonstrate the power and knowledge attained through the fieldwork experience, the Canadian Arctic, Tanzania, Germany, India, Saudi Arabia, they have gathered essays by anthropologists working in Morocco, Syria, and Russia that shift attention back to the subtle dynamics of the ethnographic encounter.

Used book in Good Condition. Will to live aids Therapies and the Politics of Survival. From an inuit village to the foothills of Kilimanjaro, each account illustrates how, despite its challenges, fieldwork yields important insights outside the reach of textual analysis. In being there, john borneman and Abdellah Hammoudi argue that ethnographies based on these strategies elide important insights.

University of California Press. Used book in Good Condition. Challenges to ethnographic authority and to the ethics of representation have led many contemporary anthropologists to abandon fieldwork in favor of strategies of theoretical puppeteering, textual analysis, and surrogate ethnography.

How "Natives" Think: About Captain Cook, For Example

In how "natives" think, marshall sahlins addresses these issues head on, while building a powerful case for the ability of anthropologists working in the Western tradition to understand other cultures. In recent years, these questions have arisen in debates over the death and deification of Captain James Cook on Hawai'i Island in 1779.

. Accusing sahlins of elementary mistakes of fact and logic, even of intentional distortion, Obeyesekere portrayed Sahlins as accepting a naive, enthnocentric idea of superiority of the white man over "natives"—Hawaiian and otherwise. The culmination of Sahlins's ethnohistorical research on Hawaii, it is a reaffirmation for understanding difference.

Used book in Good Condition. Did the hawaiians truly receive cook as a manifestation of their own god lono? or were they too pragmatic, too worldly-wise to accept the foreigner as a god? Moreover, can a "non-native" scholar give voice to a "native" point of view? In his 1992 book The Apotheosis of Captain Cook, Gananath Obeyesekere used this very issue to attack Sahlins's decades of scholarship on Hawaii.

Taylor Francis. Will to live aids Therapies and the Politics of Survival. University of California Press. But this inverted ethnocentrism can only be supported, as Sahlins demonstrates, through wholesale fabrications of Hawaiian ethnography and history—not to mention Obeyesekere's sustained misrepresentations of Sahlins's own work.

When western scholars write about non-western societies, do they inevitably perpetuate the myths of European imperialism? Can they ever articulate the meanings and logics of non-Western peoples? Who has the right to speak for whom? Questions such as these are among the most hotly debated in contemporary intellectual life.

Ocasião: The Marquis and the Anthropologist, A Collaboration Alterations

Used book in Good Condition. Taylor Francis. Ocasião reveals the key relationship between anthropologist and subject through the letters and commentaries exchanged between Marcus and Mascarenhas, Marques of Fronteira and Alorna in Portugal. The epistolary form is the medium of this innovative ethnography, and will stimulate a new critique of ethnographic genres, originating in the work of James Clifford and Marcus in Writing Culture.

University of California Press. Used book in Good Condition. Will to live aids Therapies and the Politics of Survival. University of California Press. Distinguished anthropologist George Marcus and his co-author Fernando Mascarenhas engage in a new experiment in anthropological writing. The authors discuss the persistence and survival of the contemporary Portuguese nobility, who serve as witnesses to important transitions in modern Portuguese history.

This new book will appeal to readers concerned with anthropological methods and fieldwork; the anthropology of elites, and a diverse European and American community of scholars interested in Portuguese culture. Used book in Good Condition.