BOOK REVIEW Slum Health: From the Cell to the Street. at least, becoming us. But rather than reify Jason Corburn and Lee Riley, eds., Oakland: 19th-century Dickensian narratives that University of California Press, 2016, 315 pp. draw an unrelentingly bleak portrait of urban poverty, Slum Health aims to Jessica Jerome publicize the innovative solutions that the DePaul University urban poor have already fashioned to promote the health of their families and Slum Health: From the Cell to the Street, communities and to amplify these edited by Jason Corburn and Lee Riley, is solutions using state-of-the-art a passionate appeal for providing better epidemiological and public health health care to residents of the world’s techniques and methodologies. Ultimately poorest urban communities. Using a bold the editors’ use of the word slum is defiant mix of quantitative public health and works in the tradition of repurposing methodologies, as well as social theory, the pejorative monikers as a form of editors and contributors describe why the empowerment. health of poor urban residents is often The volume’s geographic reach is worse than that of their wealthier limited. It draws from specific case studies neighbors; how their health is shaped by conducted in the cities
Medical Anthropology Quarterly – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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