This edited collection had its beginnings in conversations with Jan Monk
and Janet Momsen who encouraged us to contribute to their series on the
geographical aspects of women’s lives. Their support and helpful comments
were invaluable during the long process of producing the volume.
As nations seek to strengthen their health systems, they are increasingly looking to primary health care (PHC) to provide a clear and comprehensive sense of direction. The World Health Report 2008 analyzes how primary health care reforms, that embody the principles of universal access, equity and social justice, are an essential
Aboriginal peoples have distinctive perspectives and understandings, deriving from their
cultures and histories and embodied in Aboriginal languages. Research that has Aboriginal
experience as its subject matter must reflect these perspectives and understandings.
In the past, research concerning Aboriginal peoples has usually been initiated outside the
Aboriginal community and carried out by non Aboriginal people. Aboriginal people have had
almost no opportunity to correct misinformation or to challenge ethnocentric and racist
This collection of papers reflects the diversity of concepts, methods, and case studies that
address the challenge of
Managing for Healthy Ecosystems
as holistic environmental management
in the context of health, integrity, and sustainability.
embodies the capacity of
ecosystems to function without impairment, while
concerns the assessment of ecosystem
conditions relative to social goals and adoption of interventions to achieve designated goals.
In Afghanistan, the role of women and their position in the society are inextricably
interlinked with the national destiny. Women are symbols of family honor but also carry
the burden of embodying the national honor and aspirations of the country. Gender has
thus been one of the most politicized issues in Afghanistan over the past 100 years, where
many reform attempts rightly or wrongly have been condemned by opponents as un-
Islamic and a challenge to the sanctity of the faith and family.