An Ethnography of Stress: The Social Determinants of Health in Aboriginal Australia - Burbank, Victoria Katherine

An Ethnography of Stress: The Social Determinants of Health in Aboriginal Australia

Victoria Katherine Burbank 

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An Ethnography of Stress: The Social Determinants of Health in Aboriginal Australia

This book examines the global issue of health inequality through an in-depth look at a remote Australian Aboriginal community characterized by a degree of premature morbidity and mortality similar to that in other disadvantaged populations. Its synthesis of cognitive anthropology with frameworks drawn from epidemiology, evolutionary theory, and social, psychological and biological sciences illuminates the actions, emotions and stresses of daily life. While this analysis implicates structures and processes of inequality in the genesis of ill health, its focus remains on the people who suffer, grieve and live with the dilemmas of an intercultural life.


  • Verlag: Palgrave
  • 2011
  • Seitenzahl: 219
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 213mm x 142mm x 23mm
  • Gewicht: 399g
  • ISBN-13: 9780230110229
  • ISBN-10: 0230110223
  • Best.Nr.: 32283906
"This is a brave, hugely original work on topics of global interest and significance. In its quiet, persistent way it lays out a wealth of ideas and richly detailed evidence that grip the reader, offering fresh views and new insights into old, established questions about social change, inequity, and health. I would like to see this book on the desks of anthropologists, epidemiologists, public health officials, physicians, social workers, and policy makers around the world." - Carol Worthman, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, Department of Anthropology, Emory University "Victoria Burbank is concerned with the human condition - not just what makes people from Numbulwar sick and die early, but what makes us "all "sick and die early. As a result, readers will learn as much about themselves and their own societies, as they do about Aboriginal people of Numbulwar. This is compelling reading for scholars, students, policy makers, or anyone wanting a serious examination of the parlous state of Aboriginal health and wellbeing." - Sherry Saggers, co-author of "Aboriginal Health & Society" and "Dealing with Alcohol: Indigenous Usage in Australia, New Zealand & Canada"
Victoria Katherine Burbank
Introduction: Using Social Determinants of Health, Using Ethnography
At Numbulwar: Blackfellas and Whitefellas
Life History and Real Life: Fetal Origins of Disease, Ethnography, and History
Feeling Bad: Everyday Stress
Selves and Others
Conclusion: A Tentative Answer to a Fundamental Epidemiological Question