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Anthropology and Global Public Health


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This series publishes books at the intersection of medical anthropology and global public health that use robust theoretical and ethnographic insights to develop practical public health solutions. Using accessible language to communicate complex global health problems, they examine concrete failures and successes in global health through an anthropological lens emphasizing historical, ecological, political, and sociocultural contexts. They also showcase leading methodological approaches, both qualitative and quantitative. The series publishes books in two formats: Tightly orchestrated edited volumes consisting of original writing by leading scholars advance major themes and methods and provide instructors with important new tools for integrating medical anthropology and global public health into the curricula of both disciplines. Short, single-authored books focused on a particular global health problem are constructed in three sections: a broad introduction to the problem and literature to date; a case study illustrating key issues and methods; and constructive solutions, including broader implications for application in public health programs.

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Health on Delivery: The Rollout of Antiretroviral Therapy in Malawi

Health on Delivery: The Rollout of Antiretroviral Therapy in Malawi

1st Edition

Anat Rosenthal
June 15, 2017

In 2004 Malawi began to offer antiretroviral therapy to anyone who needed it. This undertaking would have been ambitious for any nation, but it was unprecedented coming from one of the poorest countries in the world.Health on Delivery examines this introduction of state-provided antiretroviral...

The Lives of Community Health Workers: Local Labor and Global Health in Urban Ethiopia

The Lives of Community Health Workers: Local Labor and Global Health in Urban Ethiopia

1st Edition

Kenneth Maes
December 16, 2016

The importance of community health workers is increasingly recognized within many of today’s most high-profile global health programs, including campaigns focused on specific diseases and broader efforts to strengthen health systems and achieve universal health care. Based on ethnographic work with...

Global Mental Health: Anthropological Perspectives

Global Mental Health: Anthropological Perspectives

1st Edition

Brandon A Kohrt, Emily Mendenhall
March 15, 2015

While there is increasing political interest in research and policy-making for global mental health, there remain major gaps in the education of students in health fields for understanding the complexities of diverse mental health conditions. Drawing on the experience of many well-known experts in...

Pesticides and Global Health: Understanding Agrochemical Dependence and Investing in Sustainable Solutions

Pesticides and Global Health: Understanding Agrochemical Dependence and Investing in Sustainable Solutions

1st Edition

Courtney Marie Dowdall, Ryan J Klotz
November 01, 2013

This concise, accessible introduction to understanding agricultural chemicals and public health combines a broad synthesis on a global scale with rich ethnographic narratives on a human scale. Drawing on epidemiology, policy analysis, and social science research on the global commodity chain, the...

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