Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464Print version ISSN 0102-311X
FOLLER, Maj-Lis. Interactions between global processes and local health problems. A human ecology approach to health among indigenous groups in the Amazon. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2001, vol.17, suppl., pp.S115-S126. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2001000700020.
This article deals with methodological issues and how to link global processes - social and ecological - with environmental changes and human health in local communities. The discussion concerns how interdisciplinary approaches can help us find tools to develop new knowledge. Scientific knowledge and local knowledge are not seen as opposite epistemological forms, but as socially and culturally constructed. Power and social legitimacy have to be included when analyzing how to deal with the interaction between global processes and local environmental change and the health/disease interface.
Keywords : Human Ecology; Amazonian Ecosystem; South American Indians; Health.