When Culture Impacts Health - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124159211, 9780124159433

When Culture Impacts Health

1st Edition

Global Lessons for Effective Health Research

Editors: Cathy Banwell Stanley Ulijaszek Jane Dixon
eBook ISBN: 9780124159433
Paperback ISBN: 9780124159211
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 20th February 2013
Page Count: 380
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Description

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.

Key Features

  • Discusses global application of case descriptions
  • Demonstrates how a cultural approach to health research enriches and informs our understanding of intractable public health problems
  • Covers methods and measurements applicable to a variety of cultural research approaches as well as actual research results
  • Case studies include medical anthropology, cultural epidemiology, cultural history and social medicine perspectives

Readership

Researchers and graduate and undergraduate students in public health and epidemiology, government public health organizations, anthropology health economists, physicians, nurses and others seeking an overview of public health.

Table of Contents

Contributors

Chapter 1. When Culture Impacts Health

Rationale

The Book’s Orientation

The Book’s Structure

References

Part A: Research Approaches

Chapter 2. Antecedents of Culture-in-Health Research

Introduction

Social Medicine

Medical Anthropology

Sociology of Health

Social Epidemiology

Culture in Anthropology, the Social Sciences, and Epidemiology

Culture-in-Health

References

Chapter 3. Biological and Biocultural Anthropology

Introduction

Biological Anthropology and Constructions of Disease

Biocultural Anthropology and Disease

References

Chapter 4. Toward Cultural Epidemiology: Beyond Epistemological Hegemony

Introduction

Epistemological Hegemony

Drivers of Epistemological Hegemony

Conclusion

References

Chapter 5. The Cultural Anthropological Contribution to Communicable Disease Epidemiology

Introduction

Critique of the Biomedical Paradigm

Framing Public Health Issues Comprehensively

Communicates the Voice of the Community

Assists in Developing and Evaluating Interventions

References

Part B: Local Tales

Section I: Industrial and Post-Industrial Societies

Chapter 6. Medicalization or Medicine as Culture? The Case of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Introduction

ADHD

References

Chapter 7. Filthy Fingernails and Friendly Germs: Lay Concepts of Contagious Disease Transmission in Developed Countries

Introduction

Methodology

Findings

Discussion

References

Chapter 8. Context and Environment: The Value of Considering Lay Epidemiology

Methodology and Method

Epidemiology and Risk

References

Chapter 9. Identity, Social Position, Well-Being, and Health: Insights from Australians Living with Hearing Loss

The Social Epidemiology of Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss and Physical Health

Hearing Loss and Mental Health

Hearing Loss and HRQoL

Methods Used in this Chapter

References

Chapter 10. Framing Debates about Risk for Skin Cancer and Vitamin D Deficiency in New Zealand: Ethnicity, Skin Color, and/or Cultural Practice?

Introduction

Recent Concerns about Vitamin D

Conclusion

Epilogue

References

Chapter 11. Analyzing Smoking Using Te Whare Tapa Wha

Te Whare Tapa Wha

Method

Results

Conclusion

Acknowledgments

References

Chapter 12. Thirty Years of New Zealand Smoking Advances a Case for Cultural Epidemiology and Cultural Geography

Introduction

Thirty Years of Smoking in New Zealand: What we know

Conclusion

References

Chapter 13. On Slimming Pills, Growth Hormones, and Plastic Surgery: The Socioeconomic Value of the Body in South Korea

Introduction

Emergence of a Western Corporeal Ideal in Korea

Acknowledgments

References

Section II: Economically Transitioning Societies

Chapter 14. Tacking between Disciplines: Approaches to Tuberculosis in New Zealand, the Cook Islands, and Tuvalu

Questioning Epidemiology: TB and Migrants

The Matters of History: Why Historical Political Ecology is Necessary

Contemporary TB: New Theoretical Frameworks

Conclusion

References

Chapter 15. Cultural Epidemiology: The Example of Pari Village, Papua

Culture and Disease in Traditional Times

Case Study Methodology

Discussion

Conclusion

References

Chapter 16. Life and Well-Being under Historical Ecological Variation: The Epidemiology of Disease and of Representations

Introduction

Cultural Epidemiology of the Mian

Conclusion

References

Chapter 17. Perceptions of Leprosy in the Orang Asli (Indigenous Minority) of Peninsular Malaysia

Introduction

Methods

Case Studies

Discussion

Conclusion

References

Chapter 18. A Qualitative Exploration of Factors Affecting Uptake of Water Treatment Technology in Rural Bangladesh

Background

Research Process

Discussion

Acknowledgment

References

Chapter 19. Anthropological Approaches to Outbreak Investigations in Bangladesh

Background

Discussion

References

Chapter 20. Post-Disaster Coping in Aceh: Sociocultural Factors and Emotional Response

Background

The Conceptualization of Trauma

Islam in Aceh

Survivor Understanding of the Tsunami

Survivor Response to the Tsunami

Acknowledgment

References

Part C: Methodological Lessons

Chapter 21. The Positioning of Indigenous Australians as Health Care Recipients

Introduction

Indigenous Socioeconomic Positioning

Asking the Indigenous Status Question

Conclusion

References

Chapter 22. 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

Introduction

Discussion

Conclusion

References

Chapter 23. Cultural Consensus Modeling of Disease

Introduction

The Method

Cultural Consensus, Cultural Competence, and Disease

Discussion

References

Chapter 24. Reconsidering Meaning and Measurement: An Ethno-Epidemiology Study of Refugee Youth Settlement in Melbourne, Australia

Introduction

Background: It all Started when …

Challenges of Researching Refugee Settlement and Well-Being

The Good Starts Study: Aims and Study Design

Logistical Issues with Sampling and Recruitment

Looking Back: What did we Learn?

Meaning or Measurement?

Epilogue

Acknowledgements

References

Chapter 25. The Cultural Economy Approach to Studying Chronic Disease Risks, with Application to Illicit Drug Use

Diseases of Modernity and Consumption

Studying the Cultural Economy of Consumption

The Cultural Economy Approach to Understanding Social Practices

Conclusion

References

Chapter 26. Doing Health Policy Research: How to Interview Policy Elites

Introduction

Research Questions and Study Objectives

Sampling Strategy and Representativeness

Recruitment and Participant Management

Structuring the Interviews

Validity and Reliability in Interviewing

What Questions Should be Asked?

Conclusion

References

Chapter 27. Thai Food Culture in Transition: A Mixed Methods Study on the Role of Food Retailing

Introduction

Thai Transitions

Thai Food Culture Transition Study

Conclusions

References

Chapter 28. Developing Culturally Appropriate Interventions to Prevent Person-to-Person Transmission of Nipah Virus in Bangladesh: Cultural Epidemiology in Action

Introduction

Understanding Epidemiology of Nipah Encephalitis

Select Possible Behavior Change Messages

Lesson Learned and Next Steps

Conclusion

Acknowledgment

References

Chapter 29. From Local Tales to Global Lessons

Applying Cultural Concepts When Identifying Health Risks: Section B

Unifying Threads in Section B

Methods for Doing Culture-in-Health Research: Sections B and C

Five Methodological Issues that Traverse the Case Studies

Applying a Cultural Perspective to Interventions

Conclusion

References

Chapter 30. Complementary Readings

Index

Details

No. of pages:
380
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2013
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780124159433
Paperback ISBN:
9780124159211

About the Editor

Cathy Banwell

Affiliations and Expertise

NCEPH, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Stanley Ulijaszek

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, UK

Jane Dixon

Affiliations and Expertise

NCEPH, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Reviews

"Banwell, Ulijaszek, and Dixon assemble 30 essays by health sociology, medical and bio-anthropology, cultural anthropology, and epidemiology researchers from Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh, and the UK, who provide medical anthropologists and social epidemiologists with conceptual and measurement tools to improve their understanding of how culture affects population health behaviors and chronic and infectious disease risks and demonstrate how public health can influence culture to encourage healthy lifestyles."--Reference and Research Book News, August 2013