Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction (California Series in Public Anthropology)

Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction (California Series in Public Anthropology)

Paul Farmer

Language: English

Pages: 504

ISBN: 0520271998

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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

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. The interdisciplinary approach outlined in this text should prove useful not only in schools of public health, nursing, and medicine, but also in undergraduate and graduate classes in anthropology, sociology, political economy, and history, among others.

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Although the biological view of malaria causality largely won out over the geographic and sociological views in the 1970s, some historical analyses of malaria burden suggest that land development and distribution are as important as technological interventions in eliminating malaria.4 To help clarify these multiple explanatory frameworks, we introduce biosocial perspectives and the sociology of knowledge. In 1966, sociologists Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann published The Social Construction of

expenditures were $6 per capita, and total health expenditures were $14 per capita. The World Bank called for increased spending from donors and governments in addition to reallocation of resources. 91. World Bank, World Development Report 1993, 10. 92. Ibid., 10. 93. Ibid., 8. Halfdan Mahler, page 77 1. Marcos Cueto, “The Origins of Primary Health Care and Selective Primary Health Care,” American Journal of Public Health 94, no. 11 (2004): 1867–1868. 2. Ibid. 3. “Address to the 61st

f65. Neal Emery has written a concise and readable summary of our report in the Atlantic Monthly (“Rwanda’s Historic Health Recovery: What the U.S. Might Learn,” 20 February 2013). 74. See, for example, David Dagan, “The Cleanest Place in Africa,” Foreign Policy, October 19, 2011, www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/10/19/rwanda_the_cleanest_place_in_africa (accessed September 10, 2012); and “Africa Rising: The Hopeful Continent,” Economist, December 3, 2011, www.economist.com/node/21541015

381–385. 120. Nadine B. Semer, Stephen R. Sullivan, and John G. Meara, “Plastic Surgery and Global Health: How Plastic Surgery Impacts the Global Burden of Surgical Disease,” Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery 63, no. 8 (2010): 1244–1248. 121. Sudha Jayaraman, Jacqueline R. Mabweijano, Michael S. Lipnick, Nolan Caldwell, Justin Miyamoto, Robert Wangoda, Cephas Mijumbi, Renee Hsia, Rochelle Dicker, and Doruk Ozgediz, “First Things First: Effectiveness and Scalability of a

Order. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2006. Kim, Jim Yong, Joyce V. Millen, Alec Irwin, and John Gershman, eds. Dying for Growth: Global Inequality and the Health of the Poor. Monroe, Maine: Common Courage Press, 2000. Litsios, Socrates. “The Long and Difficult Road to Alma-Ata: A Personal Reflection.” International Journal of Health Services 32, no. 4 (2002): 709–732. Morgan, Lynn M. “The Primary Health Care Movement and the Political Ideology of Participation in Health.” In Community

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