Topic #3 A - Belief and Practice in Medical Systems 12/2/10...

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12/2/10 Belief and Practice in Medical Systems
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12/2/10 Cultural Definitions of the Body To members of all societies, the human body is the focus of a set of beliefs about its social and psychological significance, structure and function. The culture in which we grow up teaches us how to perceive and respond to the changes that occur in our own bodies and in those of others.
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12/2/10 Every culture differentiates between young and old, healthy and sick. Parts of the body are also labeled public or private. Some bodily function are acceptable, others are deemed “unclean.”
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12/2/10 Concepts of Body Image Beliefs about the optimal shape and size of the body, including clothing and decoration of the surface Beliefs about the boundaries of the body. Beliefs about the body’s inner structure. Beliefs about how the body functions.
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Social Dimensions of the Body In every society, the human body has both a social and physical reality. Shape, size, adornments of body communicate information about the owner’s position in society. Information includes age, gender,
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2010 for the course ANTHROP[OL 1101 taught by Professor Marris during the Spring '10 term at Averett Unversity.

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Topic #3 A - Belief and Practice in Medical Systems 12/2/10...

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