The Inequality of COVID-19

The Inequality of COVID-19

Immediate Health Communication, Governance and Response in Four Indigenous Regions

1st Edition - October 14, 2021

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  • Authors: Eric Otenyo, Lisa Hardy
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323998673
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323999373

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The Inequality of COVID-19: Immediate Health Communication, Governance and Response in Four Indigenous Regions explores the use of information, communication technologies (ICTs) and longer-term guidelines, directives and general policy initiatives. The cases document implications of the failure of various governments to establish robust policies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in a sample of advanced and low-income countries. Because the global institutions charged with managing the COVID-19 crisis did not work in harmony, the results have been devastating. The four Indigenous communities selected were the Navajo of the southwest United States, Siddi people in India, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia and the Maasai in East Africa. Although these are all diverse communities, spread across different continents, their base economic oppression and survival from colonial violence is a common denominator in hypothesizing the public health management outcomes. However, the research reveals that national leadership and other incoherent pandemic mitigation policies account for a significant amount of the devastation caused in these communities.

Key Features

  • Explores examples of pandemic mitigation practices in indigenous communities
  • Provides case studies of importance of ICTs in health care in 21st century pandemic management protocols
  • Presents real policy data collected from different continents from early days through the first year of the global pandemic


Researchers, practitioners, policy makers in Public Health

Table of Contents

  • 1. Managing a Pandemic in Unequal Worlds
    2. Understanding Layered Dimensions of COVID-19
    3. COVID-19 Policy Responses and Feedback in Navajo Country
    4. Internal and External Maasai Communications and Management of COVID-19
    5. Managing the COVID-19 Pandemic in India’s Siddi zones
    6. COVID-19 Communication and Indigenous Australians
    7. An Overview of Pandemic Response
    8. Unequal Virus Beyond 2020: Paths Forward

Product details

  • No. of pages: 274
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
  • Published: October 14, 2021
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323998673
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323999373

About the Authors

Eric Otenyo

Dr. Eric Edwin Otenyo PhD is professor of Public Administration at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff Arizona. His MPA is from Syracuse University and PhD from Miami University, Oxford Ohio. He has taught advanced courses in public administration and policy and served as MPA program advisor in the department of Politics and International Affairs at the same university. He previously taught at the University of Nairobi and at Illinois State University. His publications include numerous articles in peer -reviewed journals, conference papers, book chapters on policy and governance issues, and the following books: Comparative Public Administration: The Essential Readings and E-Government: The Use of Information and Communication.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Politics and International Affairs, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, USA

Lisa Hardy

Dr. Lisa Jane Hardy PhD is Associate professor of Medical Anthropology at Northern Arizona University. She has an MA degree in Applied Anthropology from Northern Arizona University, MA and PhD in Anthropology from Temple University. She is the current editor of Practicing Anthropology; a journal of the Society for Applied Anthropology and Director of the Social Science Community Engagement Lab. Dr. Hardy has published widely in the field of medical anthropology. Her work appears in prestigious journals including Health Promotions Practice, Medical Anthropology, American Journal of Public Health, Qualitative Research, Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, and Cancer Health Disparities. She teaches various interdisciplinary courses and has research interests in social justice through medical anthropology, policy and systems change, health equity and community engaged research. Dr. Hardy has led rapid response research on the coronavirus pandemic and published several articles on the virus control efforts including several news articles related to Indigenous societies.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, USA

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