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Social relations and the Cuban health miracle

Author: Elizabeth Kath
Publisher: New Brunswick : Transaction Publishers, [2010] ©2010
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"[Elizabeth Kath] has made a remarkably original contribution to social science research on contemporary Cuba, and I am certain this work will be quite useful for generations of future researchers interested in this topic. It is a richly detailed and intellectually sophisticated analysis of health in contemporary Cuba and an outstanding contribution to the literature."--Katherine Hirschfeld, University of Oklahoma.
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Kath, Elizabeth.
Social relations and the Cuban health miracle
(DLC) 2010002367
(OCoLC)495276790
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Kath
ISBN: 9781412843737 1412843731
OCLC Number: 879576397
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 200 pages) : illustrations
Contents: ""Contents""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""List of Interviews Conducted in Cuba""; ""List of Abbreviations""; ""Preface""; ""Introduction and Background""; ""Introduction""; ""Summary of Chapters""; ""Cuba�s Health Achievements""; ""Disparity between Cuba�s Maternal and Infant Mortality Outcomes""; ""Debates Surrounding the Reliability of Cuba�s Infant Mortality Rates and Other Health Statistics""; ""Conducting Health Research in Post-Revolutionary Cuba""; ""The Structure and Development of Cuba�s Health System""; ""Primary Care: Family Doctor and Nurse Teams"" ""The Maternal-Infant Health Program (PAMI)""""Notes""; ""Social Capital and State Capacity""; ""Social Capital""; ""Problems with Prevailing Treatments of Social Capital""; ""Revisiting Capital as a Social Relation""; ""Bourdieu and Coleman""; ""State Capacity""; ""A Framework for Approaching the Cuban Case""; ""The Research in Cuba""; ""Notes""; ""Political Will and Cooperative Institutional Arrangements""; ""Introduction""; ""The Cuban Government�s Humanitarian, Political, and Symbolic Motives for Prioritizing Health Outcomes"" ""Institutional Developments Ensuring Access to Health Facilities and Regular Contact between Health Workers and the Population""""Inter-sectoral and Inter-institutional Cooperation""; ""Political Will""; ""Discussion""; ""Notes""; ""The Limits of State Capacity and Social Capital in a Top- Down System: Exclusion and Non- Participation""; ""Introduction""; ""Limited Patient Autonomy and Participation in Health Decisions""; ""Possible Patient Responses to Paternalism: Over- Dependency and Self Medication"" ""A Chain of Paternalism: Government Pressure on Doctors and its Effects on Doctor- Patient Relations""""Immobilizing Effects of the Command System""; ""Some Common Complaints about Health Services""; ""Punishment, Disempowerment and the Resulting Under- Participation of Health Workers""; ""Norwegian Collaboration to Improve Cuba�s Participatory Health Information Systems""; ""Evaluation of Existing Institutions for Popular Participation and Registering of Complaints""; ""Discussion""; ""Notes"" ""Underground Health Care Arrangements as Temporary Solutions and Long Term Challenges to the Formal System""""Introduction""; ""Brief Overview of Approaches to the Underground Economy""; ""Cuba�s Second Economy""; ""Informal Practices in the Health System""; ""Cuban""; ""Social Dimensions of the Underground and Ideological Subversion""; ""Where To from Here?""; ""Notes""; ""Conclusion""; ""Summary of Research Findings""; ""Contributions and Implications for Future Research""; ""Notes""; ""References""; ""Index""
Responsibility: Elizabeth Kath.

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