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Community Participation in Health

Community Participation in Health
The Politics of Primary Care in Costa Rica

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Medical Anthropology

  • Date Published: April 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521025706

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  • A guiding principle of international primary health care since the 1970s is contained in the slogan, 'community participation in health'. In practice, however, national and local political considerations are often decisive in the implementation of health policies. Dr Morgan shows how 'community participation' was sacrificed to competing political priorities even in Costa Rica, a country known for its dedication to health care. Focusing on a banana-growing community, she documents and analyses the process by which local health policy is politicized. Her sophisticated case study sets a detailed rural ethnography in both a national and international context. This book will be of great interest to medical anthropologists, planners, and anyone concerned with international health and development policy.

    • First of a major new series in medical anthropology
    • Other important markets in Central and Latin American countries
    • Key market among aid workers and health-care professionals advising or working in Third World countries
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This book offers a comprehensive and rich political-economic ethnography that argues for the politization of primary health-care.' Ivette Cardena, British Medical Anthropology Society Newsletter

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521025706
    • length: 196 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.303kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The political symbolism of health
    2. Banana medicine: the United Fruit Company
    3. The international imperative: foreign aid for health in Costa Rica
    4. The primary health care movement and the political ideology of participation in health
    5. Participation in Costa Rica: dissent within the state
    6. La Chira: participation in a banana-growing community
    7. The political economy of participation.

  • Author

    Lynn M. Morgan, Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts

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