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Making and Unmaking Public Health in Africa: Ethnographic and Historical Perspectives (Cambridge Centre of African Studies)

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Africa has emerged as a prime arena of global health interventions that focus on particular diseases and health emergencies. These are framed increasingly in terms of international concerns about security, human rights, and humanitarian crisis. This presents a stark contrast to the 1960s and ‘70s, when many newly independent African governments pursued the vision of public health “for all,” of comprehensive health care services directed by the state with support from foreign donors. These initiatives often failed, undermined by international politics, structural adjustment, and neoliberal policies, and by African states themselves. Yet their traces remain in contemporary expectations of and yearnings for a more robust public health.

This volume explores how medical professionals and patients, government officials, and ordinary citizens approach questions of public health as they navigate contemporary landscapes of NGOs and transnational projects, faltering state services, and expanding privatization. Its contributors analyze the relations between the public and the private providers of public health, from the state to new global biopolitical formations of political institutions, markets, human populations, and health. Tensions and ambiguities animate these complex relationships, suggesting that the question of what public health actually is in Africa cannot be taken for granted. Offering historical and ethnographic analyses, the volume develops an anthropology of public health in Africa.

Contributors: P. Wenzel Geissler; Murray Last; Rebecca Marsland; Lotte Meinert; Benson A. Mulemi;  Ruth J. Prince; and Noemi Tousignant.

About the Author

Ruth Prince is a research fellow in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and the Institute of Anthropology at the University of Oslo.

Rebecca Marsland is a lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh.

Table of Contents

• Acknowledgments

• Introduction

Situating Health and the Public in Africa

Historical and Anthropological Perspectives

RUTH J. PRINCE

• Part I

WHOSE PUBLIC HEALTH?

• One

The Peculiarly Political Problem behind Nigerias Primary Health Care Provision

MURRAY LAST

• Two

Who Are the “Public” in Public Health?

Debating Crowds, Populations, and Publics in Tanzania

REBECCA MARSLAND

• Three

The Qualities of Citizenship

Private Pharmacists and the State in Senegal after Independence and Alternance

NOÉMI TOUSIGNANT

• Part II

REGIMES AND RELATIONS OF CARE

• Four

Regimes of Homework in AIDS Care

Questions of Responsibility and the Imagination of Lives in Uganda

LOTTE MEINERT

• Five

“Home-Based Care Is Not a New Thing”

Legacies of Domestic Governmentality in Western Kenya

HANNAH BROWN

• Six

Technologies of Hope

Managing Cancer in a Kenyan Hospital

BENSON A. MULEMI

• Part III

EMERGING LANDSCAPES OF PUBLIC HEALTH

• Seven

The Publics of the New Public Health

Life Conditions and “Lifestyle Diseases” in Uganda

SUSAN REYNOLDS WHYTE

• Eight

Navigating “Global Health” in an East African City

RUTH J. PRINCE

• Nine

The Archipelago of Public Health

Comments on the Landscape of Medical Research in Twenty-First-Century Africa

P. WENZEL GEISSLER

• Bibliography

• Contributors

• Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780821420577
Author:
Prince, Ruth J. (edt)
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Author:
Prince, Ruth J.
Author:
Marsland, Rebecca
Subject:
Health Policy
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Cambridge Centre of African Studies
Publication Date:
20131131
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
260
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties
History and Social Science » Anthropology » General
History and Social Science » World History » Africa

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