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Thinking About Dementia

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Book Series: Studies in Medical Anthropology ISBN: 9780813538020 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Rutgers University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101109
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Bringing together essays by nineteen respected scholars, this volume approaches dementia from a variety of angles, exploring its historical, psychological, and philosophical implications. The authors employ a cross-cultural perspective that is based on ethnographic fieldwork and focuses on questions of age, mind, voice, self, loss, temporality, memory, and affect. Taken together, the essays make four important and interrelated contributions to our understanding of the mental status of the elderly. First, cross-cultural data show that the aging process, while biologically influenced, is also culturally constructed. Second, ethnographic reports raise questions about the diagnostic criteria used for defining the elderly as demented. Third, case studies show how a diagnosis affects a patient's treatment in both clinical and familial settings. Finally, the collection highlights the gap that separates current biological understandings of aging from its cultural meanings.

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Anthropology --- dementia --- age --- anthropology --- health --- medicine

Migration and Health in Asia

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Book Series: Routledge Research in Population and Migration ISBN: 9780203013564 9780415363198 9780415416566 9781134228522 9781134228515 9781134228478 Year: DOI: 10.4324/9780203013564 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Geography
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The processes of migration and health are inextricably linked in complex ways, with migration impacting on the mental and physical health of individuals and communities. Health itself can be a motivation for moving or a reason for staying, and migration can have implications on the health of those who move, those who are left behind, and the communities that receive migrants. This volume brings together some of the increasing number of researchers who are studying health and migration in Asia - a continent which is a major exporter and importer of human resources. Using both quantitative and qualitative approaches, the essays included in this work investigate the interdisciplinary issues of health and health-related behaviours in the field of migration. Comprehensive and scholarly, Migration and Health in Asia also covers major themes such as the pandemics of HIV/AIDS and SARS, differential access to health and civil society for migrants, and the health of the populations who are left behind.

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health. --- migrant --- worker --- sex --- unauthorized --- migrants --- maternal --- anaemia --- asian --- news

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