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.
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2. The antecendents to culture in health research: perspectives from the social sciences
3. Biological and biocultural anthropology
4. Toward Cultural Epidemiology: Beyond Epistemological Hegemony
5. The cultural anthropological contribution to communicable disease epidemiology
I. Industrial and post-industrial societies
6. Medicalisation or medicine as culture? : The case of ADHD
7. Filthy fingernails and friendly germs: Lay concepts of contagious disease transmission in developed countries
8. Context and environment: The value of considering lay epidemiology
9. Identity, social position, wellbeing and health: insights from Australians living with hearing loss
10. Framing debates about risk for skin cancer and vitamin D deficiency in New Zealand: Ethnicity, skin colour and / or cultural practice?
11. Analysing smoking using Te Whare Tapa Wha
12. Thirty years of New Zealand smoking advances a case for cultural epidemiology and cultural geography
13. On Slimming Pills, Growth Hormones, and Plastic Surgery: The Socioeconomic Value of the Body in South Korea
II. Economically transitioning societies
14. Tacking between disciplines Approaches to tuberculosis in New Zealand, Cook Islands and Tuvalu
15. Social determinants of health in a Papuan village
16. Life and well-being under historical ecological variation: the epidemiology of disease and of representations
17. Perceptions of Leprosy in the Orang Asli (indigenous minority) of Peninsular Malaysia
18. A qualitative exploration of factors affection uptake of water treatment technology in rural Bangladesh
19. Anthropological approaches to outbreak investigations in Bangladesh
20. Post-Disaster Coping in Aceh: Sociocultural Factors and Emotional Response
21. Non-Indigenous and Indigenous Australians: cultural-social positioning and health
22. Capturing the capitals; a heuristic for measuring â?~wealthâ?T of NZ children in the 21st century. An application to the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal cohort
23. Cultural consensus modeling of disease
24. Meaning and measurement
research with African immigrants in Australia
25. The cultural economy approach to studying chronic disease risks, with application to illicit drug use
26. Doing health policy research: how to interview policy elites
27. Thai food culture in transition: a mixed methods study on the role of food retailing
28. Developing culturally appropriate interventions to prevent person-to person transmission of Nipah Virus in Bangladesh: cultural epidemiology in action
29. From local tales to global lessons
30. Complementary readings
Stanley Ulijaszek Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, UK.
Jane Dixon NCEPH, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.