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Preventing War and Promoting Peace
A Guide for Health Professionals

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Barry S. Levy, Victor W. Sidel, Shelley K. White, William H. Wiist, Evan Kanter, Kaveh Khoshnood, Bandy X. Lee, Chanel Marin, Michael J. Lawrence, Aaron J. Zolderdo, Steven J. Cooke, Curtis Holland, Marjorie Cohn, Ira Helfand, Jean Grassman, John Lindsay-Poland, Patrick T. Hiller, Clark McCauley, Joseph G. Bock, Miriam Pemberton, Annabel McGoldrick, Kathy Barker, Andrew Flescher, Stuart Casey-Maslen, Casey Hurrell, Jonathan White, Geraldine Gorman, Amy Hagopian, Kathy Barker, Kurt Schock, Regina A. Galer-Unti
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  • Date Published: August 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316601648

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  • Preventing War and Promoting Peace: A Guide for Health Professionals is an interdisciplinary study of how pervasive militarism creates a propensity for war through the influence of academia, economic policy, the defense industry, and the news media. Comprising contributions by academics and practitioners from the fields of public health, medicine, nursing, law, sociology, psychology, political science, and peace and conflict studies, as well as representatives from organizations active in war prevention, the book emphasizes the underlying preventable causes of war, particularly militarism, and focuses on the methods health professionals can use to prevent war. Preventing War and Promoting Peace provides hard-hitting facts about the devastating health effects of war and a broad perspective on war and health, presenting a new paradigm for the proactive engagement of health professions in the prevention of war and the promotion of peace.

    • Presents a new paradigm for the engagement of health professionals in the prevention of war and the promotion of peace
    • Offers a variety of skills and activities used to proactively prevent war and promote peace
    • Explores the ways militarism is embedded in US society and how that promotes the propensity to war
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    ‘The consequences of war are horrific and extend to civilian and military populations. There is little question that politics, power, and money are all important determinants of war and its consequences. This book peels a complex onion clearly and instructively. In so doing it presents an agenda for public health scholarship and intervention and makes a compelling case for the ineluctable role of public health in the prevention of war and the promotion of peace.' Sandro Galea, Robert A. Knox Professor and Dean, Boston University School of Public Health

    ‘This is a book that needs to be read, particularly, now that the sounds of war are appearing again in the chambers of power. It's important to inform the public about the dangers of war and health professionals have a major responsibility in this task.' Vicente Navarro, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Chief Editor of the International Journal of Health Services

    ‘This pathbreaking book provides an enlightening and inspiring analysis of the connections among war, empire, and health. Especially during this historical period of what has been called ‘permanent war', as resistance to war as a tool of the failing capitalist economic system is growing around the world, the contributions in this book become essential reading in understanding our current situation and struggling to change it.' Howard Waitzkin, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of New Mexico, and Director, Civilian Medical Resources Network

    '… this is an excellent read … The book is rich with information … It should be useful for courses, as well as for the non-specialist, casual reader. … It would be a great step forward if the concepts in this book could be embedded in public health schools.' Neil Arya, Medicine, Conflict and Survival

    '… a valuable new book …' David Swanson, Let's Try Democracy (www.davidswanson.org)

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    • Date Published: August 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316601648
    • length: 367 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 148 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus. 17 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    Contributors
    Foreword Barry S. Levy and Victor W. Sidel
    Preface Shelley K. White
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction: intersections of militarism, imperialism and corporate power as context for the prevention of war and promotion of peace William H. Wiist
    Part I. The Health Effects of War and Weapons of War:
    1. The effects of war on combatants, veterans and their families Evan Kanter
    2. Health effects of war on civilians Kaveh Khoshnood, Bandy X. Lee, and Chanel Marin
    3. The consequences of war on the natural environment Michael J. Lawrence, Aaron J. Zolderdo and Steven J. Cooke
    4. Weapons of war and mass destruction Curtis Holland, Marjorie Cohn, Ira Helfand and Jean Grassman
    Part II. Social Determinants of War:
    5. The normalization of militarism and propensity for war John Lindsay-Poland
    6. Structural violence and war: global inequalities, resources and climate change Patrick T. Hiller
    7. Under what conditions does ethnic conflict result in armed violence? Clark McCauley and Joseph G. Bock
    8. The war profiteers: defense contractors driving the permanent war economy Miriam Pemberton
    9. News as entertainment: the ultimate war propaganda machine, or opportunity to promote peace? Annabel McGoldrick
    10. The quiet military buyout of academia Kathy Barker
    Part III. Preventing War and Promoting Peace:
    11. Use of complex systems modelling to strengthen public health's role in preventing war William H. Wiist
    12. The ethics of war and peace in the contemporary era Andrew Flescher
    13. The role of international law in preventing war and promoting peace Stuart Casey-Maslen
    14. Lessons from a historical view of health organizations' activism for the prevention of war Casey Hurrell
    15. A gluttonous military budget leaves our social welfare in poor health Jonathan White
    16. Pacifism and conscientious objection: war resistance in the United States Geraldine Gorman
    17. Countering military recruitment in high schools Amy Hagopian and Kathy Barker
    18. Civil disobedience and direct action in the prevention of war Kurt Schock
    19. Advocacy skills for the primary prevention of war Regina A. Galer-Unti
    Part IV. Teaching and Research in Public Health toward the Prevention of War:
    20. Teaching and learning methods for engaging health professionals in the prevention of war Shelley K. White
    21. Conducting health research toward preventing war and promoting peace William H. Wiist
    Appendices:
    1. Public health competencies for the prevention of war
    2. War, militarism and health: toward primary prevention: a syllabus outline Shelley K. White
    3. Additional resources
    Index.

  • Editors

    William H. Wiist, Oregon State University
    William H. Wiist holds a Courtesy Faculty appointment in Global Health at the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University. He previously served as Professor of Health Sciences and Senior Scientist in the Interdisciplinary Health Policy Institute at Northern Arizona University. He has been published in numerous journals, and is editor or author of The Bottom Line on Public Health (2010), Case Studies on Corporations and Global Health Governance (2016), Researching Corporations and Global Health Governance (2016); and chapters in Sick Societies (1992). He is a member of the American Public Health Association and the Public Health Working Group on the Primary Prevention of War.

    Shelley K. White, Simmons College, Boston
    Shelley K. White is Assistant Professor of Public Health and Sociology and Program Director of the MPH in Health Equity at Simmons College, Boston. She is past Director of the Youth Ambassadors for Peace Program, in partnership with the Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations' Decade for Children and Armed Conflict. She founded and chairs the Public Health Working Group on Primary Prevention of War. She is co-editor of Sociologists in Action: Sociology, Social Change and Social Justice (2013) and Sociologists in Action on Inequalities: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality (2014), and has been published in numerous journals.

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    Barry S. Levy, Victor W. Sidel, Shelley K. White, William H. Wiist, Evan Kanter, Kaveh Khoshnood, Bandy X. Lee, Chanel Marin, Michael J. Lawrence, Aaron J. Zolderdo, Steven J. Cooke, Curtis Holland, Marjorie Cohn, Ira Helfand, Jean Grassman, John Lindsay-Poland, Patrick T. Hiller, Clark McCauley, Joseph G. Bock, Miriam Pemberton, Annabel McGoldrick, Kathy Barker, Andrew Flescher, Stuart Casey-Maslen, Casey Hurrell, Jonathan White, Geraldine Gorman, Amy Hagopian, Kathy Barker, Kurt Schock, Regina A. Galer-Unti

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