As mentioned, I’m super busy with finals at the moment, but am having good moments with the paper associated with this blog; “moments” meaning the times when I can actually keep my head straight. At times (read: often) I find it difficult to discern between what is relevant and what is redundant in the context of what to include in the aforementioned paper.
Nevertheless, in reflecting on my motivation for using the U.S. as the country to focus on, one of the things that I found to be important is the impact factor/sphere of influence that it has. Truth to be told, I initially chose the country because of there being such an abundance of information pertaining to it and their statistics on health and disease, but, of course, there is much more to it. For instance, it is the country with the greatest increase in population, and also a very influential country. These two aspects are certainly related; one example is the acculturation hypothesis, which broadly speaking states that with increased time of residence in a country, the concerned immigrant increasingly assumes the risks of disease present in that country.
The point is, that the sum of the parts is greater than the sum of the individual parts, if you know what I mean – I don’t know how to phrase it, really. If the general American population would shape up, it would be positive for immigrants and other people in the world, too. For example, if it could be hip to carry a mega water bottle around instead of a mega slurpee, or to munch on apples instead of twinkies.
Externalities! That’s the word. Here’s an article about immigration, by the way.