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

    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

    • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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