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Health culture of Scheduled caste: A Case Study of Patni in Cachar District of Assam

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of Sociology, Assam University Silchar, Cachar, Assam, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 2, Issue (12), Pages 35-41, December,14 (2013)


Modern western health culture is believed to be strongly influenced by modern medical model. Explanations for illness in Western society are rarely couched in religious terms due to spread of bio-medical model of health and illness. Their Culture plays an important role in their perception of good health as well as regulation of health behavior. In western world body is often treated as an intricate machine which must be kept tuned-up and illness is treated as a breakdown of the machine. Western concept contrasts with Ayurvedic concept of body, a concept prevalent in India and South Asia in which health is seen as a state of balance between the physical, social and supernatural environment and illness can results from disturbances of any of these sphere. This kind of differential concepts of health illness and health behavior varies in different socio cultural settings due to difference of traditions, social practices and role relationships. Within a great tradition of health culture numerous little traditions of health culture exist which are based on beliefs, values and health practices of this tradition.


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