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The chapters in Foundations of Biosocial Health: Stigma and Illness Interactions, drawn primarily from medical anthropology, highlight the diverse ways in which various stigmatized health conditions interact with social inequalities and stigma to form syndemics. The authors delineate multiple examples of stigma-driven syndemics to demonstrate both the nature of disease interactions and how stigma contributes to, promotes, exacerbates, or perpetuates a syndemic. In so doing, the authors also address how stigma translates from a social condition to various biological conditions. The authors’ contributions cover a variety of topics, including HIV, substance use, obesity, depression, homelessness, poverty,and political oppression. This book is recommended for scholars of anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science, and public health.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498552110
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 05/04/2017
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 6.24(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Shir Lerman is postdoctoral fellow in Prevention and Control of Cancer
Training in Implementation Science (PRACCTIS) at the University of Massachusetts
Medical School.

Bayla 'strach is appointed in the Department of Family Medicine and affiliated with the Master's of Science in Medical Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Practice program (MACCP) at Boston University School of Medicine.

Merrill Singer is professor in the Departments of Anthropology and
Community Medicine at the University of Connecticut and senior research scientist at the University of Connecticut’s Institute for Collaboration on Health,
Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Role of Drug User Stigmatization in the Making of Drug-Related Syndemics
Chapter 2: Perception and Discrimination: The Biomedical Foundations of a Syndemic of Substance Abuse, Violence and Suicide Among Aboriginal People in Ontario, Canada
Chapter 3: Disordered Minds and Disordered Bodies: Stigma, Depression, & Obesity Syndemic in Puerto Rico
Chapter 4: Obesity, Depression, and Weight-Related Stigma Syndemics
Chapter 5: The PHAMILIS Stigma Syndemic among Homeless Women
Chapter 6: Dangerous Bodies, Unpredictable Minds: HIV/AIDS, Mental Disorders, and Stigma Syndemics in Western Kenya
Chapter 7: Biomedical Moralities: HIV Community Stigma and Risks for HIV/STI Syndemics
Chapter 8: Methamphetamine Addiction, HIV infection, and Gay Men: Stigma and Suffering

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