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Publication Date

Summer 2011

Program Name

Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights

Abstract

Morocco is a culturally diverse intersection between the African continent, the Arab world and Europe. This multiplicity is mirrored in the country’s pluralistic medical system and beliefs surrounding the concepts of illness and health. Explanations of health are endorsed by culturally specific knowledge and are then naturalized and taken as objective. A synthesis of theoretical descriptions and political-economic of medical pluralism, along with historical analysis, explains the presence of multiple health practices and how a person’s choice of medical practice is heavily influenced by dynamic socio-cultural, religious, historical, political and economic factors. This study will help improve practitioner/client narratives of illness and foster a more holistic health sector in a medically pluralistic society.

Disciplines

Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Health Services Research | Inequality and Stratification | Medicine and Health | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion

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