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Community Participation in Health : The Politics of Primary Care in Costa Rica - Lynn M. Morgan

Community Participation in Health

The Politics of Primary Care in Costa Rica

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Published: 18th November 2003
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A guiding principle of international primary health care since the 1970s is contained in the slogan, 'community participation in health'. In practice, however, national and local political considerations are often decisive in the implementation of health policies. Dr Morgan shows how 'community participation' was sacrificed to competing political priorities even in Costa Rica, a country known for its dedication to health care. Focusing on a banana-growing community, she documents and analyses the process by which local health policy is politicized. Her sophisticated case study sets a detailed rural ethnography in both a national and international context. This book will be of great interest to medical anthropologists, planners, and anyone concerned with international health and development policy.

'This book offers a comprehensive and rich political-economic ethnography that argues for the politization of primary health-care.' Ivette Cardena, British Medical Anthropology Society Newsletter

The political symbolism of health
Banana medicine: the United Fruit Company
The international imperative: foreign aid for health in Costa Rica
The primary health care movement and the political ideology of participation in health
Participation in Costa Rica: dissent within the state
La Chira: participation in a banana-growing community
The political economy of participation
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ISBN: 9780521418980
ISBN-10: 0521418984
Series: Studies in Medical Anthropology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 18th November 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.41