Week 1: Reflection Post Prompt

Title: Which of the six approaches from lecture 2 do you think will be most useful to you in studying health? (e.g. “Ethnomedical approach”)

Body: (300 words)

  • Why do you think this approach will be helpful to use/understand?
  • What is the distinction between disease and illness and was it obvious to you? Why or why not?
  • Explain which culture Miner is talking about in the Nacerima article and when you realized this.
  • Pick two rituals described in the Nacerima article and explain the kinds of values and ideologies they represent about health/medicine in the Nacerima culture.

Comment: (200 words)

  • Pick a post with a different approach than yours in their title.
  • The Nacerima article was written over 50 years ago – read though the rituals your classmate analyzed and discuss if and how you could update them to represent current health values and ideologies.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Rolando Barajas says:

    I agree with how the article really emphasized on the external ritual of beauty and it’s social implications on the Nacerima culture.

    On the subject of beauty the rituals expressed in your reflection and the article are very much alive today. You mentioned about the articles point on the fasting and feasting to obtain a socially acceptable body image, today we have people who are constantly on diet plans (weight watchers and paleo) or obsessively count their calories through apps like my-fitness-pal. It becomes an everyday ritual to eat as little as possible to obtain an “ideal” body, thus leading to eating disorders that might not have been classified 50 years ago. Today its common to see someone as a morning routine to weigh themselves on a bathroom scale, if the culture that Miner had talked about had accessible personal body scales I’m sure that they would have adopted it in their rituals.

    Also mentioning the Nacerima need for body modifications specifically breast augmentation, today we see that woman still have a desire to change that portion of their body of an “ideal” image by taking sex hormones such as estrogen. Some wealthier women decide on surgical innervation by placing sacks of silicon (or other material) to obtain their goal breast size.

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