Health and Culture

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Use the four factors from Willis' (2004, as cited in Germov, 2009, p. 6) sociological imagination template to gain background information to analyse the question.
• Historical factors
• Cultural factors
• Structural factors
• Critical factors

Be sure to specifically identify and describe issues for each factor in your analysis.
(approx. 400 words; use one academic source – your textbook, Second Opinion).

It is commonly debated whether traditional health practices should be encouraged by the World Health Organisation. Wills’ Sociological Imagination template helps reflect on this topic. This template created by Willis (2004, as cited in Germov, 2005, p. 21) provides an opportunity for me to gain a better background
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However, it is now becoming apparent to me, that for many of these third world countries, historical practices can sometimes be the only information that people are receiving in regards to healthcare. I can now see that health is indeed very different in cultural group, as they perceive illness differently due to their surrounding environment. Third world countries really only have cultural traditions to base there medical practices on. Not only this but Mcmurray also mentioned that the environment around them is the only source of availability. It makes me question the prevelegeses that I have coming from a structural westernised society.
In Australia social structure allows people to have healthcare access but I have never thought past this, that the society structures in poor countries don't have those same privileges. It seems traditional medical practices is the base to the health care system in a lot of the third world countries. I ask myself, is this issue due to poorer country letting health structures and standards slip or is it an easier approach put in place by third world countries to help manage health care because of economical poverty.


Step 4:
Now, building upon your understanding from sources you identified in the previous steps, answer the original question you identified in Step 1, using at least four academic sources (e.g. journal articles, research reports) to support your answer.
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