By Merrill Singer
A spouse to the Anthropology of Environmental Health offers a suite of readings that make the most of a clinical anthropological method of discover the interface of people and the surroundings within the shaping of future health and sickness round the world.
- Features the most recent ethnographic study from worldwide concerning the a number of affects of our surroundings on healthiness and of societies on their environments
- Includes contributions from foreign clinical anthropologists, conservationists, environmental specialists, public future health pros, overall healthiness clinicians, and different social scientists
- Analyzes the stipulations of cultural and social transformation that accompany environmental and ecological affects in all parts of the world
- Offers serious views on theoretical and methodological developments within the anthropology of environmental overall healthiness, in addition to destiny instructions within the field
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3 The Panel’s report has been described as “a fundamental shift toward a winning strategy” in the “war on cancer,” a much‐needed “call to action,” “an integrated and comprehensive critique,” and, conversely, “unbalanced” for the lesser attention given “modifiable risk factors” at the level of individual behavior (Rizzo 2010; Clapp cited in Cone 2010; Schettler cited in Cone 2010; Thun cited in Sampson 2010; Cooney 2010). For the purposes of the present essay, the 2008–2009 Annual Report from the President’s Cancer Panel represents a watershed moment in a decades‐old debate over the role of environmental factors in the etiology of chronic diseases, with cancer as the preeminent example.
5 Exploring the foundation of these inequalities would require an intersectional approach attuned to multiple facets of social location, as Harold Freeman (2014) noted in his recent commentary for the New York Times. From the vantage point of a cancer surgeon who had spent much of his career working in Harlem and the former director of the National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, Freeman wrote: “I began to see that cancer’s invasiveness was deeply rooted in human conditions, and began asking questions such as: What does it mean to be black in America?
Kripke, Preface to Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk In a manner evocative of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962), Leffall and Kripke (2010) recently called attention to the massive number of synthetic chemicals circulating throughout the United States, as well as globally, and whose impact on human health and the environment remain largely unknown. While the American Cancer Society criticized the report for being “provocative” and representing “hypothesis” as “consensus” (Sampson 2010), it was based on A Companion to the Anthropology of Environmental Health, First Edition.
A companion to the anthropology of environmental health by Merrill Singer