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(Vol. 16, No. 3, July-September, 2018) ISSN 0973 – 8444
Health and Culture Nexus among Oraon Female Adolescents in Jharkhand
Papia Raj1 & Kumari Vibhuti Nayak2
1Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Patna, 801103 India. E-mail: praj@iitp.ac.in; phone: 0612-302-8188
2Research Scholar, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Patna, 801103 India. E-mail: vibhuti.nayak@gmail.com; phone: 0612-302-8078
 
Abstract: This paper examines the influence of culture on perception of health among female adolescents of Oraon tribe in Jharkhand. The study focuses on female adolescents, since adolescence is an important phase in life span of humans when they develop and rationalize various concepts about everyday life, including perception of health. Considering the nature of the study, ethnography as a method was used. Our study revealed that Oraon female adolescents perceive health as their ability to remain physically active and work according to their prescribed roles in daily life. It was also recognized that different social norms, social support, and interaction provide a unique hegemony that impact on perception of health among the Oraons. Thus, we contend that comprehensive understanding of culture is essential for addressing health related issues of the Oraons.
 
Keywords: Culture, Female adolescents, Perception of health, Oraon, Jharkhand.
 
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