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Ebola, Culture and Politics The Anthropology of an Emerging Disease,9780495009184

Ebola, Culture and Politics The Anthropology of an Emerging Disease

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Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 11/27/2007
Publisher(s): Wadsworth Publishing
Availability: This title is currently not available.


The case studies in this new, acclaimed series illustrate the great value of anthropology in understanding and addressing problems faced by human societies around the world. Each case study examines an issue of socially recognized importance in the historical, geographical, and cultural context of a particular region of the world and includes comparative analysis to highlight not only the local effects of globalization but also the global dimensions of the issue. With readable narrative styles and an engagement with people that goes beyond that of observer and researcher, these anthropologists describe how their work has implications for advocacy, community action, and policy formation. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. v
Prefacep. vii
Images and First Contactp. 1
What is Ebola?p. 3
First Contactp. 6
What is Culture?p. 13
Key Questionsp. 15
Organization of the Bookp. 16
What's New?p. 17
Terminologyp. 18
Outbreak Ethnography: The Anthropologist's Toolkitp. 19
Field Conditionsp. 19
The Relationship between Theory and Methodsp. 26
What Did We Do m the Field?p. 32
Indigenous Knowledge about Epidemics: Uganda 2000-2001p. 37
Background on Ugandan Outbreakp. 38
Cultural Modelsp. 41
Issues of Concern to National and International Teamsp. 54
Intracultural Variabilityp. 59
Conclusionsp. 61
Providing Humanitarian Care: Congo 2003p. 63
Background on Congo Outbreakp. 64
First Days in the Fieldp. 66
Cultural Modelsp. 69
Issues of Concern to National and International Teamsp. 77
Intracultural Variabilityp. 85
Conclusionp. 87
Facing Death and Somatization: Healthcare Workers and Survivorsp. 89
Nurses and Other Healthcare Workersp. 90
Survivorsp. 98
Conclusionp. 102
Ebola Outbreaks, Past and Presentp. 103
Yarnbuku, DR Congo (1976)p. 103
Kikwit, DR Congo (1995)p. 105
Yambio, Sudan (2004)p. 109
Conclusionp. 110
Outbreak Controlp. 111
Beliefs and Practices within the Communityp. 112
Beliefs and Practices from Outside the Communityp. 124
Conclusionsp. 128
Explaining Human Responses to Acute High-Mortality Epidemicsp. 131
Anthropological and Historical Studies of Human Responses to Epidemicsp. 131
An Evolutionary Biocultural Modelp. 138
Conclusionsp. 151
Policy, Bioterrorism, and Bird Flup. 153
Policy Issuesp. 154
Ebola as a Bioterrorist Weapon and the Threat of a Bird Flu Pandemicp. 158
Reflectionsp. 164
p. 165
p. 169
References Citedp. 171
Indexp. 179
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