About the author: Andemariam Kidanemariam is a Professor of Sociology at Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He has been teaching sociology for over 15 years. He received his PhD from the University of Kentucky. His research interests include the sociology of health and illness, international comparative health care systems, the sociology of Third World societies, and the political economy of health and diseases in developing countries. He was formerly a lecturer at Addis Ababa University and a fellow of WHO/World Bank/UNDP’s Training and Research in Tropical Diseases (TDR) Program.2003 0-7734-6746-7
The emphasis in this study is placed on viewing health issues as an important and integral part of the social, economic, and political structure of society, and not only as a scientific, technocratic concern as is often the case with biomedical model. This book used the historical/contextual method, capturing the socio-political determinants of infant mortality that are not often amenable to quantification. It underscores the importance of state-society relations and development policy choices that directly impinge on distributional equality/inequality of the medical and non-medical determinants of infant mortality.