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Journal of Anthropological and Archaeological Sciences

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Culture, Illness and Health Seeking in Rural Setting: A Case in a Village of Comilla, Bangladesh

Volume 1 - Issue 2

Md Abdur Rahman1, Rabeya Khatun1, Md Asaduzzaman1 and Asif Ekbal Arif2

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    • 1Department of Anthropology, Comilla University, Bangladesh
    • 2Department of Anthropology, Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University, Trisal, Mymensingh, Bangladesh

    *Corresponding author: Asif Ekbal Arif, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University, Trisal, Mymensingh, Bangladesh

Received: December 06, 2019;   Published: December 13, 2019

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This paper has been explored on the locale’s interpretation of illness and remedies in the context of rural setting in Bangladesh. Taking ethnomedical approach as key theoretical lens of medical anthropology within the discipline of cultural anthropology, this study has tried to explore how the local people perceived illness through their experiential and traditional knowledge system and how they managed remedies or health seeking by employing symbolic (knowledge, beliefs etc), structural (family, kinship, social network, social institutional support etc), and material aspects of culture including economic resources. For gathering firsthand data through field experiences, this study has been conducted among the villagers of a village of Comilla District in Bangladesh. However, the data were collected by employing the qualitative tools and techniques of data collection including Key Informant Interview, Focused Group Discussion, Informal Interview and observation. The respondents were selected on the basis of purpossive sampling method. Finally, the data were analyzed in qualitative nature including narrative analysis, content analysis etc.

Keywords: Culture, Illness, Health-Seeking, Ethnomedicare

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