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The Meaning of Culture within Public Health Practice - Implications for the study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Bond, Chelsea & Brough, Mark K. (2007) The Meaning of Culture within Public Health Practice - Implications for the study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. In Anderson, Ian, Baum, Fran, & Bentley, Michael (Eds.) Social Determinants of Aboriginal Health Workshop, July 2004, Adelaide.

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Abstract

This paper critically examines the conceptualisation of culture within public health practice, and considers implications for our understandings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status. There is no doubt that culture is a popular concept within public health, particularly in describing health differentials between populations distinguished by race, ethnicity and culture. However, this popularity is not matched by critical self-reflection upon the ways in which the concept of culture has been constructed within this space. This paper suggests a number of conceptualisations are apparent each reflecting a limited and problematic portrayal of the richness of culture.

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ID Code: 13118
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Indigenous Health, Public Health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
ISBN: 9780734037442
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900) > Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society (169902)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (111701)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 25 Mar 2008
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2013 15:23

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