Urban Ecology and Health in the Third World (Society for the Study of Human Biology Symposium Series (Sshb))

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Urban Ecology and Health in the Third World (Society for the Study of Human Biology Symposium Series (Sshb))

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 325 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521411592
  • DDC分類 362.10425

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This volume looks at the relationship between specific aspects of Third World cities and human health. Rapid and extensive urbanization of the less developed nations is perhaps the most dramatic demographic phenomenon of our times, but its impact on human biology is not well understood. Here, a cross-section of work is presented on this subject allowing human biologists, urban planners, public health workers and other specialists to assess our knowledge and the current approaches available to increase it. Contributions fall into two groups: studies of urban ecology including the social, economic and physical domains, and studies of biological responses to the urban environment. Health is not merely the absence of specific diseases, but is construed more broadly to include a wide range of biological parameters that are correlated with various states of sub-optimal health. These include patterns of child growth and development, frequencies of specific diseases, nutritional status, immunological characteristics and physiological parameters. This important volume will be of interest to a wide range of researchers and academics, including human biologists, anthropologists, healthcare professionals, human geographers, urban and regional planners, and economists.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgement
List of contributors
1. Human biological approaches to the study of
Third World urbanism
2. Social and cultural influences in the risk
of cardiovascular disease in urban Brazil
3. The urban disadvantage in the developing
world and the physical and mental growth of
children
4. Differences in endocrine status associated
with urban-rural patterns of growth and
maturation in Bundi (Gende speaking)
adolescents of Papua New Guinea
5. Nutritionally vulnerable households in the
urban slum economy: a case study from Khulna,
Bangladesh
6. Urban-rural differences in growth and
diarrhoeal morbidity of Filipino infants
7. Child health and growth in urban South Africa
8. From countryside to town in Morocco:
ecology, culture and public health
9. Urban-rural population research: a town like
Alice
10. Selection for rural-to-urban migrants in
Guatemala
11. Health and nutrition in Mixtec Indians
12. Urban health and ecology in Bunia, N-E
Zaire, with special reference to the physical
development of children
13. Food for thought: meeting a basic need for
low income urban residents
14. Immunological parameters in north-east
Arnhem Land Aborigines: consequences of
changing settlement patterns and lifestyles
15. Amerindians and the price of modernization
16. Sex ratio determinants in Indian
populations: studies at national, state and
district levels
17. Polarization and depolarization in Africa
18. Urbanization in the Third World: health
policy implications
Index.