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Making and Unmaking Public Health in Africa: Ethnographic and Historical Perspectives (Cambridge Centre of African Studies)by Ruth J. (edt) Prince
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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
Situating Health and the Public in Africa
Historical and Anthropological Perspectives
RUTH J. PRINCE
WHOSE PUBLIC HEALTH?
The Peculiarly Political Problem behind Nigerias Primary Health Care Provision
Who Are the Public” in Public Health?
Debating Crowds, Populations, and Publics in Tanzania
The Qualities of Citizenship
Private Pharmacists and the State in Senegal after Independence and Alternance
REGIMES AND RELATIONS OF CARE
Regimes of Homework in AIDS Care
Questions of Responsibility and the Imagination of Lives in Uganda
Home-Based Care Is Not a New Thing”
Legacies of Domestic Governmentality in Western Kenya
Technologies of Hope
Managing Cancer in a Kenyan Hospital
BENSON A. MULEMI
EMERGING LANDSCAPES OF PUBLIC HEALTH
The Publics of the New Public Health
Life Conditions and Lifestyle Diseases” in Uganda
SUSAN REYNOLDS WHYTE
Navigating Global Health” in an East African City
RUTH J. PRINCE
The Archipelago of Public Health
Comments on the Landscape of Medical Research in Twenty-First-Century Africa
P. WENZEL GEISSLER
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