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Migration, Social Capital, and Health

Insights from Ghana and Uganda

Book

Part of the Global Perspectives on Health Geography book series (GPHG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Raymond Asare Tutu, Janice Desire Busingye
    Pages 1-22
  3. Raymond Asare Tutu, Janice Desire Busingye
    Pages 23-28
  4. Raymond Asare Tutu, Janice Desire Busingye
    Pages 29-41
  5. Raymond Asare Tutu, Janice Desire Busingye
    Pages 43-69
  6. Raymond Asare Tutu, Janice Desire Busingye
    Pages 71-96
  7. Raymond Asare Tutu, Janice Desire Busingye
    Pages 97-112
  8. Raymond Asare Tutu, Janice Desire Busingye
    Pages 113-135
  9. Raymond Asare Tutu, Janice Desire Busingye
    Pages 137-148
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 149-153

About this book

Introduction

This book brings readers the first scientific publication, using a mixed-method approach, on the internal migration dynamics regarding disease ecologies of informality and the interactions between social capital, lifestyles, health literacy, and health outcomes in the context of informal settlements in two developing countries - Ghana and Uganda. Through the prism of the concepts of place and scale, the book demonstrates the myriad of ways by which place or context directly and indirectly influence migrant's health knowledge, literacy, and outcomes in poor urban slums. Readers will learn about the multi-faceted linkages between social capital, acculturation, and health in places of deprivation via quantitative methods (e.g. surveys) and qualitative methods such as focus group discussions, in-depth interviews, concept mapping, and body health mapping. 

Chapters 1-2 provide an overview of internal migration into urban slums of Ghana and Uganda, and discuss the intersections between migration, social capital, and health in a global context. Chapters 3-7 address disease patterns, environmental risks to health, health literacy of migrants, social capital and acculturation, and social capital and health. The book will be of interest to professors and students, as well as policy makers in low to middle income countries for planning targeted interventions. 

Keywords

Internal migration Social capital Disease patterns Environmental health risks Health literacy Food safety Acculturation Health policy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Associate Professor of GeographyDelaware State UniversityDoverUSA
  2. 2.Senior Lecturer, Deputy Vice ChancellorKampala International UniversityKampalaUganda

About the authors

Raymond A. Tutu, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Geography in the College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences at Delaware State University, United States of America. He has a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Geography from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Philosophy degree in Population Studies from the Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana. His research interests and scholarly publication are in the subfields of population health; global migration; human–environment geographies including urban environments with emphasis on informality and marginality; as well as water access and health ecology. His scholarly peer-reviewed publications are in top-tier journals such as GeoJournal, Journal of Population Research, Tropical Medicine and Health, Journal of Infections and Public Health, African Geographical Review, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Habitat International, and Journal of Housing and the Built Environment. He has been a reviewer for scientific peer-reviewed journals including The Social Science Journal, Rural Sociology, Journal of International Migration and Integration, African Review of Economics and Finance, International Development Planning Review, Journal of Rural Studies, Journal of Asian and African Studies, as well as PLOS ONE. Courses he has taught are Global Societies, World Regional Geography, Social Change, Population Analysis, Technology and Society, and Introduction to Sociology. He is currently a board member of the Africa Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers. Dr. Tutu is also a member of the Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers.

Janice Desire Busingye, Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer and seasoned scholar in the College of Education, Open and Distance Learning and the Deputy Vice Chancellor, at Kampala International University. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Education and Master of Education (Adult Education) from the University of Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. Her research and scholarly interests focus on adult education and community development in general; and on the subfields of educational systems, literacy and health literacy in particular, livelihoods and epistemology. She has previously carried out research and published peer reviewed works in journals such as the Africa Education Review, International Social Science Journal, GeoJournal, Journal of Population Research, Tropical Medicine and Health, Journal of Infections and Public Health, among others. She currently teaches a module on Gender and Development; previously she has taught Policy studies, Political Economy, Introduction to critical situation analysis and Human Relations for Community Educators. She is a member of Association of Professional Adult Educators Uganda and American Association of Geographers.

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Reviews

“The intended audience includes professors, students, and policymakers in low- to middle-income countries. In addition to meeting the needs of the intended audience, this book offers important insights to healthcare providers, NGOs, and development staff. … This well‐written book is a good contribution to the field of health geography and is an important inclusion in the Global Perspectives on Health Geography series.” (Lisa R Roberts, Doody’s Book Reviews, January 27, 2020)