Dr Anna Waldstein publishes new book
2nd March 2017
Dr Anna Waldstein has had a new book published by Carolina Academic Press entitled Living Well in Los Duplex. The book offers critical reflections on medicalisation, migration and health sovereignty.
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 neighbourhood 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 medicalised. 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?
The book can be purchased here.