When Culture Impacts Health, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0124159435
  • ISBN-13: 9780124159433
  • DDC: 306.461
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 380 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Bringing the hard-to-quantify aspects of lived experience to analysis, and emphasizing what might be lost in interventions if cultural insights are absent, this book includes case studies from across the Asia and Pacific regions –Bangladesh, Malaysia, New Guinea, Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Tuvalu and the Cook Islands. When Culture Impacts Health offers conceptual, methodological and practical insights into understanding and successfully mediating cultural influences to address old and new public health issues including safe water delivery, leprosy, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and body image. It contains useful methodological tools – how to map cultural consensus, measure wealth capital, conduct a cultural economy audit, for example. It provides approaches for discerning between ethnic and racial constructs and for conducting research among indigenous peoples. The book will be indispensible for culture and health researchers in all regions.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: When Culture Impacts Health.
2: Research Approaches.
3: Antecedents of Culture-in-Health Research.
4: Biological and Biocultural Anthropology.
5: Toward Cultural Epidemiology: Beyond Epistemological Hegemony.
6: The Cultural Anthropological Contribution to Communicable Disease Epidemiology.
7: Local Tales.
8: Industrial and Post-Industrial Societies.
9: Medicalization or Medicine as Culture? The Case of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
10: Filthy Fingernails and Friendly Germs: Lay Concepts of Contagious Disease Transmission in Developed Countries.
11: Context and Environment: The Value of Considering Lay Epidemiology.
12: Identity, Social Position, Well-Being, and Health: Insights from Australians Living with Hearing Loss.
13: Framing Debates about Risk for Skin Cancer and Vitamin D Deficiency in New Zealand: Ethnicity, Skin Color, and/or Cultural Practice?.
14: Analyzing Smoking Using Te Whare Tapa Wha.
15: Thirty Years of New Zealand Smoking Advances a Case for Cultural Epidemiology and Cultural Geography.
16: On Slimming Pills, Growth Hormones, and Plastic Surgery: The Socioeconomic Value of the Body in South Korea.
17: Economically Transitioning Societies.
18: Tacking between Disciplines: Approaches to Tuberculosis in New Zealand, the Cook Islands, and Tuvalu.
19: Cultural Epidemiology: The Example of Pari Village, Papua.
20: Life and Well-Being under Historical Ecological Variation: The Epidemiology of Disease and of Representations.
21: Perceptions of Leprosy in the Orang Asli (Indigenous Minority) of Peninsular Malaysia.
22: A Qualitative Exploration of Factors Affecting Uptake of Water Treatment Technology in Rural Bangladesh.
23: Anthropological Approaches to Outbreak Investigations in Bangladesh.
24: Post-Disaster Coping in Aceh: Sociocultural Factors and Emotional Response.
25: Methodological Lessons.
26: The Positioning of Indigenous Australians as Health Care Recipients.
27: Capturing the Capitals: A Heuristic for Measuring the “Wealth” of New Zealand Children in the Twenty-First Century: An Application to the Growing up in New Zealand Longitudinal Cohort.
28: Cultural Consensus Modeling of Disease.
29: Reconsidering Meaning and Measurement: An Ethno-Epidemiology Study of Refugee Youth Settlement in Melbourne, Australia.
30: The Cultural Economy Approach to Studying Chronic Disease Risks, with Application to Illicit Drug Use.
31: Doing Health Policy Research: How to Interview Policy Elites.
32: Thai Food Culture in Transition: A Mixed Methods Study on the Role of Food Retailing.
33: Developing Culturally Appropriate Interventions to Prevent Person-to-Person Transmission of Nipah Virus in Bangladesh: Cultural Epidemiology in Action.
34: Conclusion.
35: From Local Tales to Global Lessons.
36: Complementary Readings.