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: Insigh

Details

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

About the editors

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