Embodied Politics: Indigenous Migrant Activism, Cultural Competency, and Health Promotion in California (Critical Issues in Health and Medicine) (Paperback)
Embodied Politics illuminates the influential force of public health promotion in indigenous migrant communities by examining the Indigenous Health Project (IHP), a culturally and linguistically competent initiative that uses health workshops, health messages, and social programs to mitigate the structural vulnerability of Oaxacan migrants in California. Embodied Politics reconstructs how this initiative came to exist and describes how it operates. At the same time, it points out the conflicts, resistances, and counter-acts that emerge through the IHP’s attempts to guide the health behaviors and practices of Triqui and Mixteco migrants. Arguing for a structurally competent approach to migrant health, Embodied Politics shows how efforts to promote indigenous health may actually reinforce the same social and political economic forces, namely structural racism and neoliberalism, that are undermining the health of indigenous Oaxacans in Mexico and the United States.
REBECCA J. HESTER is an assistant professor in the Department of Science, Technology and Society at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. She is a co-editor of Translocalities/Translocalidades: Feminist Politics of Translation in the Latin/a Américas and the author of several publications on the promises and pitfalls of cultural competence.
"Embodied Politics: Health Promotion in Indigenous Mexican Migrant Communities is timely, well-researched, and well-written. It was a pleasure to read and I look forward to using and recommending it in the future."
— Seth Holmes
— Seth Holmes