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Living Well in Los Duplex

Critical Reflections on Medicalization, Migration and Health Sovereignty

Anna Waldstein
eISBN-13: 9781531003968

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Thirty years of public health research in the United States suggests that Mexican migrants are healthier than most American citizens. This ethnography of Los Duplex, a Mexican migrant neighborhood in Athens, Georgia, shows that the health sovereignty of migrants helps explain why they have better health profiles than American citizens whose lives are more medicalized. While most Americans rely on medical authorities to manage their health through the consumption of pharmaceuticals and surgical procedures, Mexicans cultivate their own holistic healing alternatives as they build communities in the United States. In the strong social networks of Los Duplex, eating traditional Mexican foods, using home remedies, gardening and performing other physical activities, and keeping control over their emotions all help keep migrants healthy. This book, therefore, raises the following question: Are the relatively positive health profiles of Mexican migrants because (rather than in spite) of their limited access to professional medical care?

Sold By Carolina Academic Press
ISBNs 1531000436, 9781531000431, 1531003966, 9781531003968
Publish Year 2017
Language English
Number of Pages 232

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