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Ebola, Culture and Politics: The Anthropology of an Emerging Disease (Case Studies on Contemporary Social Issues) Paperback – November 27, 2007

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Product Details

  • Series: Case Studies on Contemporary Social Issues
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 1 edition (November 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495009180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495009184
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barry Hewlett is Professor of Anthropology at Washington State University, Vancouver. He received a Ph.D. from the University of California--Santa Barbara in 1987 and has had appointments at Southern Oregon University, Tulane University, and Oregon State University. He has conducted research in central Africa since 1973 and is the author of INTIMATE FATHERS: THE NATURE AND CONTEXT OF AKA PYGMY PATERNAL INFANT CARE, HUNTER-GATHERER CHILDHODS (edited with Michael Lamb), FATHER, FATHER-CHILD RELATIONS: CULTURAL AND BIOSOCIAL CONTEXTS (Edited), and "Human Behavior and Cultural Context in Disease Control," Special Issue of TROPICAL MEDICINE AND INTERNATIONAL HEALTH (edited with Joan Koss-Chioino). Current research interests include biocultural contexts of infectious and parasitic diseases; the transmission, acquisition, and evolutionary nature of culture; hunter-gatherers; and child development.

Bonnie L. Hewlett worked as a registered nurse in neonatal intensive care before obtaining her Ph.D. degree in anthropology at Washington State University, Pullman. She has conducted research in Gabon, Republic of Congo, and Central African Republic. Her research interests include medical anthropology, adolescent development, hunter-gatherers, and evolutionary cultural anthropology. Recent publications include "Providing Care and Facing Death: Nurses and Ebola in Central Africa" in JOURNAL OF TRANSCULTURAL NURSING, "Vulnerable Lives: Death, Loss, and Grief among Aka and Ngandu Adolescents of the Central African Republic" In HUNTER-GATHERER CHILDHOODS (Barry Hewlett and Michael Lamb, editors), and "Love, Jealousy, and Anger among the Aka Foragers and Ngandu Farmers of the Central African Republic" in LOVE AND INTIMACY ACROSS CULTURES (William Jakowiak, editor). She is currently an adjunct professor of anthropology at Washington State University, Vancouver.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Evan the Dweezil on September 11, 2010
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This is a great introduction into what medical anthropologists do in the field. It gives a clear and interesting look into African cultures and epidemic illnesses. I especially like this book because it is readable in the sense that it's not caught up in its own cleverness and bogged down with layers of super-academic speak.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Quinn Thornton on June 1, 2012
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I picked up this book because I am interested in infectious diseases, and there do not seem to be many texts on Ebola other than this one. I thought the authors' descriptions of the rapid-killing Ebola epidemics that seem to be on the rise in Africa since Ebola first reared its head in 1976 were fascinating, but I wanted more in the way of scientific/medical research. However, reading about "medical anthropology" was interesting overall, as it is not my field and I knew little about it before picking up this book. Overall, this book is a solid 3-stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JL on December 11, 2012
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This book gives a very in depth explanation of Ebola and the Ebola culture in Africa. It was well written and makes a complex subject matter quite easy to understand.
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