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Health beliefs and behavior: the practicalities of "looking after yourself" in an Australian Aboriginal community

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Recently, social determinants of health frameworks are receiving some criticism in that they do not engage with questions related to individual subjectivity and agency as they relate to health decision-making behavior. This article examines the different ways in which people living in a remote Arnhem Land community in the Northern Territory of Australia, take responsibility for their own health and the extent to which they are able to prevent illness. A number of related sub-questions are explored relating to how people perceive their health and their role in health care in their community, including their engagement with the health clinic, traditional medicines, and the influence of sorcery on ill health and sickness.

Authors


  •   Senior, Kate
  •   Chenhall, Richard D. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Senior, K. & Chenhall, R. (2013). Health beliefs and behavior: the practicalities of "looking after yourself" in an Australian Aboriginal community. Medical Anthropology Quarterly: international journal for the cultural and social analysis of health, 27 (2), 155-174.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84880177753

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1523

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 155

End Page


  • 174

Volume


  • 27

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • Recently, social determinants of health frameworks are receiving some criticism in that they do not engage with questions related to individual subjectivity and agency as they relate to health decision-making behavior. This article examines the different ways in which people living in a remote Arnhem Land community in the Northern Territory of Australia, take responsibility for their own health and the extent to which they are able to prevent illness. A number of related sub-questions are explored relating to how people perceive their health and their role in health care in their community, including their engagement with the health clinic, traditional medicines, and the influence of sorcery on ill health and sickness.

Authors


  •   Senior, Kate
  •   Chenhall, Richard D. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Senior, K. & Chenhall, R. (2013). Health beliefs and behavior: the practicalities of "looking after yourself" in an Australian Aboriginal community. Medical Anthropology Quarterly: international journal for the cultural and social analysis of health, 27 (2), 155-174.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84880177753

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1523

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 155

End Page


  • 174

Volume


  • 27

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United States