Health, Culture and Society
Health, Culture and Society establishes a link between human physiological functions and social representations. The book questions human behavior over the centuries, comparing select models found in China, France, and ancient India. It appears that the societies at high risk, such as modern societies in particular, develop four functional, extra-organic prostheses around which social constructions are built - namely metabolic, neuropsychic, immunological, and elimination. Those societies at low risk, like that of the former French regime, adopt a tripartite model like that of Dumezil. Yet, the ancient Indian social system, originally quadripartite, has evolved over the centuries towards a tripartite model. What are the reasons which prompted the ancient Indians to establish a system of social quadripartition? Was it for the sake of prevention? Were they theorists? If the Indians developed a social system based on the balance of functions, wouldn't it be possible to suggest a definition of prevention and to put forward the model of a health system based on both the management of the autonomous regulation of the body and its functions? What is the conclusion regarding the evolution of our society? Health, Culture and Society examines these questions.
Publication Date: 11/1/2011