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Unhealthy Health Policy : A Critical Anthropological Examination - Arachu Castro

Unhealthy Health Policy

A Critical Anthropological Examination

By: Arachu Castro (Editor), Merrill Singer (Editor)

Paperback Published: 9th September 2004
ISBN: 9780759105119
Number Of Pages: 408

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This new collection turns a critical anthropological eye on the nature of health policy internationally. The authors reveal that in light of prevailing social inequalities, health policies may intend to protect public health, but in fact they often represent significant structural threats to the health and well being of the poor, ethnic minorities, women, and other subordinate groups. The volume focuses on the 'anthropology of policy,' which is concerned with the process of decision-making, the influences on decision-makers, and the impact of policy on human lives. This collaboration will be a critical resource for researchers and practitioners in medical anthropology, applied anthropology, medical sociology, minority issues, public policy, and health care issues.

This collection is an important addition to several relatively recent and highly critical assessments of contemporary development efforts. . . . Recommended. Graduate students/faculty/professionals. * CHOICE *

Introduction: Anthropology and Health Policy: A Critical Perspectivep. xi
International Institutions and the Setting of Health Policies
Pearls of the Antilles? Public Health in Haiti and Cubap. 3
The Visible Fist of the Market: Health Reforms in Latin Americap. 29
International NGOs in the Mozambique Health Sector: The "Velvet Glove" of Privatizationp. 43
Primary Health Care since Alma Ata: Lost in the Bretton Woods?p. 63
Shifting Policies toward Traditional Midwives: Implications for Reproductive Health Care in Pakistanp. 79
The Contradictions of a Revolving Drug Fund in Post-Soviet Tajikistan: Selling Medicines to Starving Patientsp. 97
Equity in Access to AIDS Treatment in Africa: Pitfalls among Achievementsp. 115
Contracepting at Childbirth: The Integration of Reproductive Health and Population Policies in Mexicop. 133
How Healthy Are Health and Population Policies? The Indian Experiencep. 145
National Health Policies and Social Exclusion
Happy Children with AIDS: The Paradox of a Healthy National Program in an Unequal and Exclusionary Brazilp. 163
Between Risk and Confession: The Popularization of Syphilis Prophylaxis in Revolutionary Mexicop. 177
Saving Lives, Destroying Livelihoods: Emergency Evacuation and Resettlement Policies in Ecuadorp. 189
Social Illegitimacy as a Foundation of Health Inequality: How the Political Treatment of Immigrants Illuminates a French Paradoxp. 203
The Indian Health Transfer Policy in Canada: Toward Self-Determination or Cost Containment?p. 215
Land and Rural New Mexican Hispanics' Mistrust of Federal Programs: The Unintended Consequences of Medicaid Eligibility Rulesp. 235
The Death and Resurrection of Medicaid Managed Care for Mental Health Services in New Mexicop. 247
Sugar Blues: A Social Anatomy of the Diabetes Epidemic in the United Statesp. 257
Syringe Access, HIV Risk, and AIDS in Massachusetts and Connecticut: The Health Implications of Public Policyp. 275
Why Is It Easier to Get Drugs than Drug Treatment in the United States?p. 287
U.S. Inner-City Apartheid and the War on Drugs: Crack among Homeless Heroin Addictsp. 303
Impact of Policy on the Practice of Medicine
U.S. Health Policy on Alternative Medicine: A Case Study in the Co-optation of a Popular Movementp. 317
Home Birth Emergencies in the United States: The Trouble with Transportp. 329
Why Is Prevention Not the Focus for Breast Cancer Policy in the Unites States Rather than High-Tech Medical Solutions?p. 351
Indexp. 363
About the Editors and Contributorsp. 375
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ISBN: 9780759105119
ISBN-10: 0759105111
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 9th September 2004
Publisher: AltaMira Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.55