Ethnicity: Theories, International Perspectives and Challenges


Charles Agyemang, PhD (Editor)
Department of Public Health, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Collins O. Airhihenbuwa (Editor)
Department of Biobehavioral Health, Penn State University, University Park, PA, USA

Ama de-Graft Aikins (Editor)
Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana, Ghana

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status
BISAC: SOC043000

Increasing globalization and technology has made the modern world more interconnected and interdependent than ever before in human history. These shared connections and dependencies have naturally led to increasing internal and international migration in recent times. As a result, many countries today are ethnically and culturally diverse. This new world order of ethnic and cultural diversity has rewards including the enhancement of the well-being of both migrants and the host populations.

Immigration is essential for some societies to make up for the falling population growth and skill shortages while at the same time playing a crucial role in émigrés supporting their home communities for social and economic developments through remittances. Migration also poses several challenges for both migrants and the host populations. Among many challenges facing migrants include issues of integration, identity, language difficulties, acceptability or discrimination, and access to social and health care services. For the host populations, the complex nature of modern migration flows with varied groups poses extra challenges in meeting the needs and addressing the well-being of all subgroups in the population.

This book addresses some of the important processes associated with migration and their relation to health outcomes from an international perspective. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: International Comparisons of Migration, Place and Health: Ethnic Density Effects among Caribbean People in the US and England
(Laia Bécares, James Nazroo, James Jackson and Hein Heuvelman, Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, and others)

Chapter 2: Using Existing Data to Conduct International Comparisons of Ethnic Inequalities in Health: A Developmental Project Comparing the UK and the Netherlands
(Charles Agyemang, Raj Bhopal, Mary Nicolaou, Anton E. Kunst, Paola Zaninotto, Nigel Unwin, James Nazroo, and Karien Stronks, Department of Public Health, Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, and others)

Chapter 3: Access to Health Care and Health Outcomes for Asylum Seekers in Denmark
(Marie Norredam and Hanne Winther Frederiksen, Danish Research Centre for Migration, Ethnicity, and Health, Section for Health Services Research, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and others)

Chapter 4: Hearing the Community Voice: Methodological Issues in Developing Asthma Self-Management Educational Materials for Immigrant Communities
(Iraj Poureslami, Madeleine Doyle-Waters, Laura Nimmon, Jessica Shum and J. Mark FitzGerald, The University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine, Canada, Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, Vancouver, BC Canada)

Chapter 5: Screening for Anaemia and Haemoglobinopathy before and during Pregnancy: A Question of Ethnicity?
(Suze M.P.J. Jans, Martina C. Cornel and Antoinette L.M. Lagro-Janssen, Midwifery Science, EMGO & institute for Health and Care Research, VU University Medical Center & Academy of Midwifery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and others)
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Chapter 6: Developing Ethnic Identities and Ethnic Attitudes in Children: Theory and Research in Context
(Virginia L. Lam, School of Psychology, University of East London, Stratford Campus, London, UK)

Chapter 7: Ethnicity, Social Development and Wellbeing in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Conceptual Review
(Ernest Aryeetey and Ama de-Graft Aikins, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana, Ghana, and others)

Chapter 8: Ethnicity and Subjective Quality of Life in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Ghana
(Isaac Addai, Jones K. Adjei and Helen Tekyiwa-Ghartey, Department of Social Science and Humanities, Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI, USA, and others)


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