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The Anthropological Demography of Health

Véronique Petit, Kaveri Qureshi, Yves Charbit, and Philip Kreager


This book provides an integrative framework for the anthropological demography of health, a field of interdisciplinary population research grounded in ethnography and in critical examination of the social, political, and economic histories that have shaped relations between peoples. The field has grown from the 1990s, extending to a remarkable range of key human and policy issues, including: genetic disorders; nutrition; mental health; infant, child and maternal morbidity; malaria; HIV/AIDS; disability and chronic diseases; new reproductive technologies; and population ageing. Collaboration wi ... More

Keywords: Anthropological Demography, Compositional Demography, Health Interventions, history of, Medical Anthropology, Risk, concepts and measures of, AIDS, IVF, Malaria, Ageing, Mental Health

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198862437
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198862437.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Véronique Petit, editor
Professor of Demography, University of Paris

Kaveri Qureshi, editor
Lecturer in Global Health Equity, University of Edinburgh

Yves Charbit, editor
Emeritus Professor of Demography, University of Paris

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Philip Kreager, Véronique Petit, Kaveri Qureshi, and Yves Charbit

Part I Taking The Longer View: Health Interventions in Historical Context

Part II Health As An Object Of Contemporary Demographic Governance

Part III Improving Demographic Translation

9 Making measures

Jennifer A Johnson-Hanks

Part IV Compositional Demography: Locating Human Agency in Population and Social Structures

12 Population ageing and conjunctural action

Philip Kreager and Elisabeth Schröder-Butterfill

14 Family malaria management in Africa

Carine Baxerres and Jean-Yves Le Hesran

Part V Reconceptualizing Reproductive Risk

16 Sexuality and HIV among young urban Congolese

Lucas Tchetgnia, Yves Charbit, and Benoît Libali

19 ‘They are more careful’

Elizabeth L Krause*

20 Afterword

Yves Charbit, Véronique Petit, Kaveri Qureshi, and Philip Kreager

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