International Development, Community, and Environment

Title

Your Pocket is What Cures You: The Politics of Health in Senegal

Document Type

Book

Abstract

In the wake of structural adjustment programs in the 1980s and health reforms in the 1990s, the majority of sub-Saharan African governments spend less than ten dollars per capita on health annually, and many Africans have limited access to basic medical care. Using a community-level approach, anthropologist Ellen E. Foley analyzes the implementation of global health policies and how they become intertwined with existing social and political inequalities in Senegal. Your Pocket Is What Cures You examines qualitative shifts in health and healing spurred by these reforms, and analyzes the dilemmas they create for health professionals and patients alike. It also explores how cultural frameworks, particularly those stemming from Islam and Wolof ethnomedicine, are central to understanding how people manage vulnerability to ill health.While offering a critique of neoliberal health policies, Your Pocket Is What Cures You remains grounded in ethnography to highlight the struggles of men and women who are precariously balanced on twin precipices of crumbling health systems and economic decline. Their stories demonstrate what happens when market-based health reforms collide with material, political, and social realities in African societies. © 2010 by Rutgers University Press. All Rights Reserved.

Publication Title

Your Pocket Is What Cures You: The Politics of Health in Senegal

Publication Date

12-1-2010

First Page

1

Last Page

188

ISBN

9780813546674

Keywords

anthropology, public health, social history, medical economics, Senegal

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology

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