An Ethnography of Stress

The Social Determinants of Health in Aboriginal Australia

  • Authors
  • Victoria┬áKatherine┬áBurbank

Part of the Culture, Mind, and Society book series (CMAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Victoria Katherine Burbank
    Pages 21-55
  3. Victoria Katherine Burbank
    Pages 79-103
  4. Victoria Katherine Burbank
    Pages 105-132
  5. Victoria Katherine Burbank
    Pages 133-154
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 161-219

About this book


Health inequality is a global issue. This book examines the problem through an in-depth look at a remote Australian Aboriginal community characterized by a degree of premature morbidity and mortality similar to that in other disadvantaged populations. Its synthesis of cognitive anthropology with frameworks drawn from epidemiology, evolutionary theory, and social, psychological and biological sciences illuminates the actions, emotions, and stresses of daily life. While this analysis implicates structures and processes of inequality in the genesis of ill health, its focus remains on the people who suffer, grieve, and live with the dilemmas of an intercultural life.


community ethnography identity mortality

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