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

By Victoria Katherine Burbank

This e-book examines the worldwide factor of well-being inequality via an in-depth examine a distant Australian Aboriginal group characterised by way of 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 concept, and social, mental and organic sciences illuminates the activities, feelings and stresses of lifestyle. whereas this research implicates constructions and procedures of inequality within the genesis of sick healthiness, its concentration continues to be at the those who undergo, grieve and reside with the dilemmas of an intercultural existence.

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The rhythm of daily life in the town, at least during daylight hours, is to a great extent a whitefella creation and probably always has been. Once, the Council building, located in the same place as the current one but then an older structure, was fronted by a tower bearing a siren. , signaled that work and school would soon begin. , informed people that the community’s shop was now closed. In the study period the shop still closed at 5:00 on weekdays, but there was no longer a siren to signal this.

This group continued singing as they walked, stopping occasionally to dance an accompaniment to their songs. The road by this time would be lined with people who had not come to the church service but might at this point join in the procession and the dancing. At the town’s southern limits, the funeral cortege would stop. Several songs would be played and dances danced. ” At this juncture in the procession, I saw older people being helped into the vehicle for a minute or two, as though to give them one last chance to see the coffin and be with the deceased.

Those who receive royalties do so rarely, and the egalitarian ethos of the family network usually ensures that substantial sums soon diffuse. indd 34 12/13/2010 12:00:55 PM At Numbulwar 35 Funerals Funerals, occurring throughout the study period with what seems like disturbing regularity, provided an intercultural setting for the social and the sacred, moments in community life when the juxtaposition of at least two belief systems could be seen: the Indigenous belief system, referred to at Numbulwar as “Law,” and the form of Christianity introduced originally by the Anglican missionaries, modified over the years by both blackfella and whitefella congregants.

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