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NAPA Bulletin: Volume Examines Interaction Between Human Migration and Health

Throughout human history, people have travelled in migrated in search of better lives, secure access to food and overall greater well-being. In the most recent issue of the NAPA Bulletin, Craig Hadley of the Department of Anthropology at Emory University edits a volume of articles that examine the anthropological perspectives on migration and health.  Published bi-annually, the NAPA Bulletin (a product of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology), features thought-provoking research on current topics related to public health, social justice, the media, environmental management and a myriad of other timely issues.

The authors in this volume are anthropologists and public health practitioners whom are committed to drawing on anthropological theory and method to improve understanding of the relationships between migration and health in an international context. In particular, articles explore migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and others, and examine their health needs based on their pre-departure conditions, conditions during migration, and, occasionally, the conditions of their return travel. In their examinations, authors also note the wide range of socio-economic and socio-cultural factors that impact heavily in the health outcomes of migrant populations.

The authors draw varied links between immigration and health and wellbeing; this issue of the NAPA Bulletin, thus, has great implications for current debates around immigration and health care reform(s).

This issue of the NAPA Bulletin is a must-read for anyone interested in the speed and scope of of migration, associated health outcomes, and the impacts of these movements on us all. For more information on other NAPA Bulletin volumes contact David Himmelgreen (dhimmelg@usf.edu) or Satish Kedia (skkedia@memphis.edu), general editors.

Download the NAPA Bulletin Press Release 120610

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Founded in 1902, the American Anthropological Association is the world’s largest professional organization of anthropologists and others interested in anthropology, with an average annual membership of more than 10,000. The Arlington, VA – based association represents all specialties within anthropology – cultural anthropology, biological (or physical) anthropology, archaeology, linguistics and applied anthropology.

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