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By Mervat Nasser, Melanie Katzman, Richard Gordon

Consuming issues: do they mark cultural transition? consuming problems that have been as soon as considered as particular to precise category and ethnic obstacles in western tradition are actually spreading all over the world. This factor is absolutely mentioned during this groundbreaking quantity. consuming problems and Cultures in Transition is written through a world team of authors to deal with the new emergence of consuming problems in a number of components of the realm together with international locations in South the USA, Asia, Africa and japanese Europe. It deals an in-depth research of the prevailing socio-cultural version arguing for the necessity to expand either our theoretical knowing and medical paintings to account competently for this international phenomenon. consuming problems are visible as reflecting sweeping alterations within the social and political prestige of girls within the majority of societies which are now present process swift cultural transition. This multidisciplinary, multinational quantity displays wide-ranging, intellectually stimulating and regularly provocative viewpoints. It gives you to be of serious curiosity to scientific and psychological healthiness execs, public coverage specialists and all these looking ahead to the procedures of cultural transformation and their effect on psychological overall healthiness.

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Counihan, A culture-bound syndrome unbound 21 1999). To anthropologists, these questions about the meaning of food, gender and commensality could not be answered from surveys or clinical interviews. They require long-term participant observation and ethnographic methods to provide more cultural and historical context. For example, in Korea, ‘have you eaten’ was interpreted as a response to pervasive food shortages; the same greeting in Thailand reflects the Thais’ intense interest in food and often preceeds an invitation to eat together.

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However, we are reminded by Back (1996) that ‘urban cultures are highly promiscuous in their endeavor constantly to remake and invent traditions in the present’ (p. 8). What does seem to emerge in urban South Africa though is a desire to break with past repressive practices against women, while simultaneously wrestling to identify with new found value systems that might facilitate these changes. Trying to identify these value systems may be complicated by the speed of urbanization/modernization on the one hand, and the degree to which South Africans are prepared for these changes on the other.

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