A Companion to the Anthropology of Environmental Health by Merrill Singer, ISBN-13: 978-1118786994


A Companion to the Anthropology of Environmental Health by Merrill Singer, ISBN-13: 978-1118786994

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  • Publisher: ‎ Wiley-Blackwell; 1st edition (May 31, 2016)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 536 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1118786998
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1118786994

A Companion to the Anthropology of Environmental Health presents a collection of readings that utilize a medical anthropological approach to explore the interface of humans and the environment in the shaping of health and illness around the world.

  • Features the latest ethnographic research from around the world related to the multiple impacts of the environment on health and of societies on their environments
  • Includes contributions from international medical anthropologists, conservationists, environmental experts, public health professionals, health clinicians, and other social scientists
  • Analyzes the conditions of cultural and social transformation that accompany environmental and ecological impacts in all areas of the world
  • Offers critical perspectives on theoretical and methodological advancements in the anthropology of environmental health, along with future directions in the field 

Featuring contributions from noted scholars in medical anthropology, environmental and public health studies, and related fields in the social sciences, this timely volume gets to the root of such broad concerns as to the reasons why humans degrade their environments, the resulting threats to health, societal distribution of environmental health problems, efforts of communities to limit these problems, and the very future of global human health.

An initial series of readings offer critical perspectives on the latest theoretical and methodological advancements in the field of environmental health and illness. Chapters then proceed to cover a variety of topics related to the core themes of eco-biosocial interactions and health, political ecology and health, adverse feedback loops in environmental health, the growing number of multiple (pluralea) adverse environmental interactions, and ecosyndemics – the environmental conditions that promote deleterious interactions among diseases. Reflecting the most recent international ethnographic research, A Companion to the Anthropology of Environmental Health is an essential resource to issues related to the increasing importance of the complex interactions between human health and the environment in the 21st-century.

Table of Contents:

Notes on Contributors viii

Introduction 1 Merrill Singer

Part I Theories, Methods, and Anthropological Perspectives on Key Issues in Environment and Health 19

1 Ecosocial and Environmental Justice Perspectives on Breast Cancer: Responding to Capitalism’s Ill Effects 21 Mary K. Anglin

2 Effects of Agriculture on Environmental and Human Health: Opportunities for Anthropology 44 Melissa K. Melby and Megan Mauger

3 Toward “One Health” Promotion 68 Melanie Rock and Chris Degeling

Part II Ecobiosocial Interactions and Health 83

4 Conceptualizing Ecobiosocial Interactions: Lessons from Obesity 85 Stanley Ulijaszek, Amy McLennan, and Hannah Graff

5 Environmental Racism and Community Health 101 Melissa Checker

6 Medicine, Alternative Medicine, and Political Ecologies of the Body 121 Joseph S. Alter

7 Asthma and Air Pollution: Connecting the Dots 142 Helen Kopnina

8 Washing Away Ebola: Environmental Stress, Rumor, and Ethnomedical Response in a Deadly Epidemic 157 Ivo Ngade, Merrill Singer, Olivia Marcus, and José E. Hasemann Lara

9 Paradise Poisoned: Nature, Environmental Risk, and the Practice of Lyme Disease Prevention in the United States 173 Abigail Dumes

10 Ecobiopolitics and the Making of Native American Reservation Health Inequities 193 Merrill Singer and G. Derrick Hodge

Part III The Political Ecology of Health 217

11 Water, Environment, and Health: The Political Ecology of Water 219 Linda M. Whiteford, Maryann Cairns, Rebecca Zarger, and Gina Larsen

12 Remembering the Foundations of Health: Everyday Water Insecurity and Its Hidden Costs in Northwest Alaska 236 Laura Eichelberger

13 Food Security: Health and Environmental Concerns in the North 257 Kirsten Hastrup, Anne Marie Rieffestahl, and Anja Olsen

14 New Toxics Uncertainty and the Complexity Politics of Emerging Vapor Intrusion Risk 281 Peter C. Little

15 The Political Ecology of Cause and Blame: Environmental Health Inequities in the Context of Colonialism, Globalization, and Climate Change 302 Eleanor S. Stephenson and Peter H. Stephenson

16 Political Ecology of a Drug Crop: The Intricate Effects of Khat 325 Lisa L. Gezon

17 Reestablishing the Fundamental Bases for Environmental Health: Infrastructure and the Social Topographies of Surviving Seismic Disaster 348 Stephanie C. Kane

Part IV Adverse Feedback Loops in Environmental Health 373

18 Modifying Our Microbial Environment: From the Advent of Agriculture to the Age of Antibiotic Resistance 375 Kristin N. Harper, Gabriela M. Sheets, and George J. Armelagos

19 China’s Cancer Villages: Contested Evidence and the Politics of Pollution 396 Anna Lora‐Wainwright and Ajiang Chen

20 Mining and Its Health Consequences: From Matewan to Fracking 417 Elizabeth Cartwright

Part V Pluralea Interactions and Ecosyndemics in a Changing World 435

21 Pluralea Interactions and the Remaking of the Environment in Environmental Health 437 Merrill Singer

22 Private Cars as Environmental Health Hazards: The Critical Need for Public Transit in the Era of Climate Change 458 Hans A. Baer

23 Health and the Anthropocene: Mounting Concern about Tick‐borne Disease Interactions 483 Nicola Bulled and Merrill Singer

Index 000

Merrill Singer is Professor of Anthropology and Community Medicine at the University of Connecticut. He has published more than 275 articles and book chapters, and authored or edited 29 books. Dr. Singer is a recipient of the Rudolph Virchow Professional Prize, the George Foster Memorial Award for Practicing Anthropology, the AIDS and Anthropology Paper Prize, the Prize for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America, the Solon T. Kimball Award for Public and Applied Anthropology from the American Anthropological Association and the AIDS and Anthropology Research Group’s Distinguished Service Award.

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