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Health as a Social Construct

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Rachel James

on 3 February 2015

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Transcript of Health as a Social Construct

Health as a Social Construct
What is a social construct?
It is a concept that recognises that
people have different views based
on their social circumstances and
ways of seeing, interpreting,
interrelating and interacting
with their environment.
Understanding that the concept of health is socially constructed creates an awareness that its
meanings will differ from....
what are the advantages of viewing
individual responsibility
influencing factors
In the 1800's and early 1900's a tan was considered a sign of low social status.
In 1943 fashion designer Coco Chanel inadvertantly started the fad of deliberate tanning.
Bronzed skin was now a sought after accessory and a symbol of wealth and fashion.
Government camppaigns worked to change perceptions and deliberate tanning is now considered a negative health behaviour.
Over the next 20 years there was a significant increase in the incidence of skin cancer and the understanding of the harmful effects of UV rays.
meaning will change over time
it recognises that
We recognize that health is not solely the responsibility of an individual but rather, there are many external influencing factors on our health behaviours and decisions.
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