A companion to the anthropology of environmental health by Merrill Singer

By Merrill Singer

A significant other to the Anthropology of Environmental Health offers a suite of readings that make the most of a scientific anthropological method of discover the interface of people and the surroundings within the shaping of health and wellbeing and affliction round the world.

  • Features the most recent ethnographic study from around the globe regarding the a number of affects of our environment on wellbeing and fitness and of societies on their environments
  • Includes contributions from overseas scientific anthropologists, conservationists, environmental specialists, public healthiness execs, well-being 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 wellbeing and fitness, in addition to destiny instructions within the field 

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Indigenous people and Quilombolas (descendants of slaves who escaped and established communities in rural and forested areas) represent over 25 percent of all people in Brazil enmeshed in such land conflicts. For these people, access to land for immediate for production is critical to the dietary health and well‐being of their families, while forced or “legal” evic­ tion pushes them into overcrowded urban slums where they face a new set of environmental threats to health. In Mato Grosso do Sul, as elsewhere, those who face environmental health injustice resist at both individual and collective levels, and the pattern of social response, what might be called struggles for environmental health, is also of vital importance to the understanding being developed by anthropologists engaged in work at the intersections of health and the environment.

13 One could make the case that another byproduct, eight years later, was the convening of an “International Summit on Breast Cancer and the Environment”: the outcome of collaborative planning by environmental justice advocates, representatives from breast cancer organizations, and public health researchers from the University of California, Berkeley. Consensus findings from the International Summit, subsequently presented to a joint hearing of the California state legislature, included the call for innovative scientific research “that mirrors real‐world exposures to environmental agents” and implementation of the precautionary principle in “public health/prevention” policies (Buffler 2002; Buffler et al.

The UN Development Program projects a temperature rise of up to 6 °C in many parts of the Andes by the end of this century, a scenario that will have significant harmful impacts on health as a result of arable land and potable water losses (Collyns 2013). In addition to indigenous responses, groups like Movimiento Ciudando Frente al Cambio Climático, Peru (Citizen’s Movement Against Climate Change) have formed to challenge current patterns of environ­ mentally unsustainable economic growth based on maximizing profits and ­consumption while putting the planet and people’s health at grave risk.

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