Asthma, culture, and cultural analysis: Continuing challenges

Mike Fortun, Kim Fortun, Brandon Costelloe-Kuehn, Tahereh Saheb, Daniel Price, Alison Kenner, Jerome Crowder

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Recent research indicates that asthma is more complicated than already recognized, requiring a multilateral approach of study in order to better understand its many facets. Apart from being a health problem, asthma is seen as a knowledge problem, and as we argue here, a cultural problem. Employing cultural analysis we outline ways to challenge conventional ideas and practices about asthma by considering how culture shapes asthma experience, diagnosis, management, research, and politics. Finally, we discuss the value of viewing asthma through multiple lenses, and how such "explanatory pluralism" advances transdisciplinary approaches to asthma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHeterogeneity in Asthma
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781461486022
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
ISSN (Print)0065-2598


  • Anthropology of science
  • Compliance and cultural competency
  • Cultural frames
  • Environmental health
  • Explanatory pluralism
  • Qualitative methods
  • Transdisciplinarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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