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Title: Urban Folk Medicine: A Functional Overview
Authors: Press, Irwin
Keywords: folk medicine
medical anthropology
urban anthropology
ethnology
Issue Date: Mar-1978
Publisher: American Anthropological Association
Citation: Press, Irwin. 1978. Urban folk medicine: A functional overview. American Anthropologist, 80(1): 71-84.
Abstract: Social and economic functions of folk illness and folk medicine are fairly well known for rural contexts but still lack codification for urban milieus. In this exploratory paper, folk health practices are examined in terms of their response to urban socioeconomic characteristics. Such practices appear to serve functions of acculturation, guilt displacement resulting from failure to achieve, and subgroup identity maintenance, among others. Folk practices are resilient, readily shifting to adjunct functions of healing under pressure from effective modern medical and welfare systems.
Description: Non-OCR document in portable document format. Retrieved through jstor.org, with front page, readable text, provided by JSTOR.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2081/10666
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