As local governments and organizations assume more
responsibility for ensuring the public health, identity politics
play an increasing yet largely unexamined role in public and policy
attitudes toward local problems. In "Governing How We Care,"
medical anthropologist Susan Shaw examines the relationship between
government and citizens using case studies of needle exchange and
Welfare-to-Work programs to illustrate the meanings of cultural
difference, ethnicity, and inequality in health care.
Drawing on ethnographic research conducted over six years in a
small New England city, Shaw presents critical perspectives on
public health intervention efforts. She looks at online
developments in health care and makes important correlations
between poverty and health care in the urban United States. Shaw
also highlights the new concepts of community and forms of identity
that emerge in our efforts to provide effective health care.
"Governing How We Care" shows how government-sponsored community
health and health care programs operate in an age of
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