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

By Chelsea Bond and Mark K. Brough


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

Topics: 169902 Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society, 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Indigenous Health, Public Health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Publisher: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health
Year: 2007
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