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dc.contributor.authorChaudhari, Lisa Shanti
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T19:58:21Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T19:58:21Z
dc.date.issued2011-05
dc.identifier.otherchaudhari_lisa_s_201105_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/chaudhari_lisa_s_201105_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/27082
dc.description.abstractThis study investigates the ethnoecology of a transnational community focusing on changes in health knowledge and perceptions influencing health practices. I use a multi-sited approach integrating classic ethnographic techniques and cross-disciplinary methods such as GIS to study the Atlanta and Trinidad and Tobago transnational community. This complementary approach based on an ethnoecological and biocultural framework is used to: 1) document and compare the ethnoecology between both locations, 2) assess and compare health, 3) examine health practices, and 4) evaluate health and well-being perceptions. This study allows us to set a baseline from which the relatively young, but growing Trinidad and Tobago community in Atlanta can be compared to other established communities (e.g. New York and Toronto). Findings point to a disjuncture between physical and perceived health status, highlighting the complex nature of well-being in migrant communities. The Atlanta community results indicate poor physical health, yet self-rated health is superior. Investigating health practices through individual health network maps and geo-narratives show us that place and space are significant factors across locations. Health resources close to home represent a large proportion of resources accessed. In Atlanta, a sense of “home” is an underlying factor behind behavior. When looking at health perspectives, key concepts consistent across locations include food-diet, the ocean, and relaxation. The distinctions in the level of importance or presence of themes illustrate transformations in health and wellness concepts. A multilevel health approach that takes elements from a variety of health categories (e.g. biomedical, ethnobotanical) is common to both locations. This project demonstrates how a comprehensive and layered picture of well-being in this transnational setting is critical and how its complexity can be reflected at varying levels. By assessing specific dimensions of knowledge, perceptions, and practice, I explore the interplay of factors influencing the human environment relationship to determine significant elements that promote health and well-being of this community. I look at how research in this particular transnational community contributes to recent conversations in ethnoecology, migration and health studies. Finally, I discuss the applicability and value of cross-disciplinary methods for local health projects.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectethnoecology
dc.subjectethnoecology of health
dc.subjecturban ethnoecology
dc.subjectwell-being
dc.subjecthealth behavior
dc.subjectbiocultural anthropology
dc.subjectTrinidad and Tobago
dc.subjectCaribbean
dc.subjecttransnationalism
dc.subjectmigration
dc.subjectinland gateway immigrant cities
dc.subjectAtlanta
dc.subjectGIS
dc.subjectphotovoice
dc.subjectmulti-sited research
dc.titleSituating health and well-being in the Atlanta and Trinidad-Tobago transnational context
dc.typeDissertation
dc.description.degreePhD
dc.description.departmentAnthropology
dc.description.majorAnthropology
dc.description.advisorSusan Tanner
dc.description.advisorVirginia Nazarea
dc.description.committeeSusan Tanner
dc.description.committeeVirginia Nazarea
dc.description.committeeBram Tucker
dc.description.committeeKavita Pandit


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