The Value of Anthropology in Child Health Policy

Show simple item record Spray, Julie en 2018-11-01T22:02:36Z en 2018-05 en
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dc.description.abstract Working at the nexus of medical anthropology and the anthropology of childhood,this article challenges three assumptions often embedded in child health policy: (1) children are the passive recipients of healthcare; (2) children’s knowledge of illness and their body can be assumed based on adult understandings; and (3) children’s healthcare can be isolated from their social relations. I explore these themes through the case study of a 2011 New Zealand government initiative to reduce the rates of rheumatic fever affecting low-income Māori and Pasifika children. Drawing on fieldwork with around 80 children at an Auckland primary school, I show how the ‘sore throat’ programme does not merely treat streptococcus A infections, but plays an active role in constituting children’s experiences and understandings of their bodies and illness, and in shaping healthcare practices in ways unintended by policy-makers. en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Anthropology in Action en
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dc.title The Value of Anthropology in Child Health Policy en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.3167/aia.2018.250104 en
pubs.issue 1 en
pubs.begin-page 29 en
pubs.volume 25 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Berghahn Books en en
pubs.end-page 40 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 739751 en
dc.identifier.eissn 1752-2285 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2018-05-09 en 2018-05-09 en

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