I chose this approach because of my fascination with biology. I believe picking an approach that really interests me would further my research faster and more efficiently. I love biology, it’s my major, and I believe it’s based on how the body functions. These functions make everything possible. For example, culture is a function of the body. Culture is built depending on the biology or physical states of the people. A biology like genetics. It’s what forms people. Take Darwinism, those genetics are naturally selected throughout the years and a “people” is formed. Those peoples will be responsible for the culture formed by their behaviors and values, which comes from their genetics (biology). So essentially the biological/physical approach would be the best approach when a broad focus is desired, everything stems down to biology.
I believe that disease is chronic and illness is acute. The distinction between disease and illness is not always obvious to me, it’s not at all black and white, there’s definitely some gray. For example, as an illness progresses it could be then categorized as a disease, such as forgetfulness. This could be an acute illness brought on by stress or it could be the onset of Alzheimer’s, which is chronic and a disease.
The culture is Americans in the 1950’s. I, regretfully, admit that I had no idea he was talking about Americans. I had to do a bit of research on the paper. I read the rituals and was honestly horrified, it’s kind of funny now to think Miner had me going.
I’ve picked two rituals, men scraping the surface of their faces and women sticking their heads in an oven for an hour. Now that I know that he’s satirizing Americans, I don’t feel so grossed out by these stories, but instead I find humor in his satire. I realize now that these rituals are men shaving their faces and women getting their hair done. I believe the values and ideologies relate to health and medicine in a more shallow way. An American is considered “healthy” and “well off” if they are well groomed. If an America is unshaved and hair a mess they will be considered unwell in some way. So in conclusion, I feel being well groomed is part of the self esteem or shallow part of American health.