An Ethnography of Stress: The Social Determinants of Health by Victoria Katherine Burbank

By Victoria Katherine Burbank

This ebook examines the worldwide factor of future health inequality via an in-depth examine a distant Australian Aboriginal neighborhood characterised through a level of untimely morbidity and mortality just like that during different deprived populations. Its synthesis of cognitive anthropology with frameworks drawn from epidemiology, evolutionary thought, and social, mental and organic sciences illuminates the activities, feelings and stresses of lifestyle. whereas this research implicates buildings and strategies of inequality within the genesis of in poor health well-being, its concentration continues to be at the those who undergo, grieve and stay with the dilemmas of an intercultural lifestyles.

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Introduction 15 Wierzbicka has observed that “ ‘ordinary people’ generally assume that the way one feels can be described and that one can tell other people how one feels” (13). They may do so in three possible ways. They may describe themselves as feeling “good” or “bad,” they may describe a scenario associated with a feeling, for example, “like something the dog dragged in,” or they may give an account of the bodily sensations (such as blood beating in the temples) that co-occur with more cognitive feelings (such as those we call anger).

They treat me like a full family member but in the end they understand I’m from a different culture, so whatever. And it’s the same thing for me. (UTG 2005) [A man], he’s the one who walks around yelling about his [kinsman who died of heart disease before the age of 30]. indd 21 12/13/2010 12:00:54 PM 22 An Ethnography of Stress that it really has that much to do with his [kinsman]. If he’s stopped to think a bit he’s realizing that nothing good is ever going to happen to him. If they sit down and think about what life is for them, they are out of their culture and it’s impossible to get into white culture.

Once you get the money, they will assist you too with funding whichever way you want to use it . . Once you are up and running, then they will leave you on your own. VKB: If you got assistance from the bank, what would you create with the money? SM: We have potential like crayfish, farming crayfish, we can breed barramundi or crabs, tourism and all these other big businesses in the Territory. We can start up international markets, create international markets like bush medicine. All of these things we have in our resources.

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