Illness, Poverty, and Abuse of Migrants on the Thai-Burma Border: The Vulnerability of a Displaced People

Illness, Poverty, and Abuse of Migrants on the Thai-Burma Border: The Vulnerability of a Displaced People

By: Leigh Lehane (author)Hardback

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This is a fascinating narrative that brings the plight of minority ethnic groups from Burma to life and grounds the theoretical concepts of social-determinants-of- health by individualizing the human dimension of these vulnerable populations and highlighting their personal situations as well as their coping skills. Much has been written about adverse social determinants of health at a population level - poverty, discrimination, unclean water, lack of control of one's life, and so on - but seemingly little has been written on how individuals suffer and struggle and cope with these factors on a day-to-day basis. This work presents a series of narratives of people who have been forced to leave their home country of Burma and eke out a living in the Thai-Burma border region near Sangkhlaburi. As a unique study on social determinants of health at the individual - rather than at the population-level, the narratives of the participants put flesh on the dry bones of social determinants of health, a topic that is increasingly recognized as being at the very foundation of human rights, public health and quality of life. The analysis of the narratives links personal experience to complex political, economic and health factors.

About Author

After a career in veterinary pathology/toxicology and public health, Dr. Leigh Lehane became an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the School of Health, University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia. In 2010 she was awarded a second PhD entitled 'Social Determinants of health, Coping and Quality of Life in Migrants from Burma in Sankhlaburi District,


List of Figures; Abstract; Foreowrd by Ashley South; Preface/Acknowledgments; Definitions/Clarification of Terms; Acronyms; Part 1: Preliminary Considerations; Chapter 1: Introduction and Background; Introduction; Migration from Burma to Thailand; Migration and Health; Social Determinants of Health; Migration, Acculturation and Stress; Coping with Stress; The Influence of Culture; Social Support, Social identity and Self-Esteem; Assessing vulnerability; Outline of Chapters; Part 1: Preliminary Considerations; Part 2: Migrants' Stories; Part 3: Concluding Remarks; AND MORE.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773435254
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 356
  • ID: 9780773435254
  • ISBN10: 0773435255

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