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Anthropology and Public Health: Bridging Differences in Culture and Society

Robert A Hahn and Marcia Inborn

Abstract

This book 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) the 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 neoliberal health care reforms. Anthropologists provide crucial understandings of public health problems from the pe ... More

Keywords: anthropology, method, theory, global health, critique, evaluation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195374643
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374643.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert A Hahn, editor

Marcia Inborn, editor
Department of Health Behavior and Health Educatgion Department of Arthropology, University of Michigan

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Introduction

Robert A. Hahn, and Marcia C. Inhorn

Part I ANTHROPOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDINGS OF PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEMS

3 Situating Stress: Lessons from Lay Discourses on Diabetes

Nancy E. Schoenberg, Elaine M. Drew, Eleanor Palo Stoller, and Cary S. Kart

4 Understanding Pregnancy in a Population of Inner-City Women in New Orleans—Results of Qualitative Research

Carl Kendall, Aimee Afable-Munsuz, Ilene Speizer, Alexis Avery, Norine Schmidt, and John Santelli

6 Male Infertility and Consanguinity in Lebanon: The Power of Ethnographic Epidemiology

Marcia C. Inhorn, Loulou Kobeissi, Antoine A. Abu-Musa, Johnny Awwad, Michael H. Fakih, Najwa Hammoud, Antoine B. Hannoun, Da’ad Lakkis, and Zaher Nassar

Part II ANTHROPOLOGICAL DESIGN OF PUBLIC HEALTH INTERVENTIONS

12 From Street Research to Public Health Intervention: The Hartford Drug Monitoring Project

Merrill Singer, Greg Mirhej, Claudia Santelices, and Hassan Saleheen

13 Sexual Risk Reduction among Married Women and Men in Urban India: An Anthropological Intervention

Stephen L. Schensul, Ravi K. Verma, Bonnie K. Nastasi, Niranjan Saggurti, and Abdelwahed Mekki-Berrada

Part III ANTHROPOLOGICAL EVALUATIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES

Part IV ANTHROPOLOGICAL CRITIQUES OF PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY

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