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Význam nemoci, dožívání a smrti pro současný život Romů: sociálně-antropologická perspektiva

Title in English The meaning of illness, dying and death for contemporary Roma people: perspective of social anthropology


Year of publication 2015
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Onkologie
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Field Public health care, social medicine
Keywords death; illness; dying; anthropology of medicine; Roma
Description This paper aims to describe the ways Roma people deal with illness and death from the perspective of social anthropology. Social science defines illness primarily as an opposite to the state of health. As such, it sees it to large extend as a subjective and relative phenomenon, seriously determined by ones native culture. To illustrate the context, the author uses Explanatory model of Arthur Kleinman (1980) and sets it against the primary data, observed during the interaction between the Roma and the majority medical staff in the current Czech Republic. Paper does not offer practical solutions. Rather, it points to differences and similarities in acting and thinking about illness by two different cultures, uplifting relativity of its validity in mutual interaction, as well as stereotypes that burden both teams of actors.

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