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Phenomenology and systemic approaches in socio-anthropological studies of illness: a brief critical review

This paper aims to identify the ways by which the principal frames of reference in the social sciences explain the structure of social actors' knowledge, practices, values, and behaviors regarding health care. The article begins by examining some of the assumptions underlying studies produced within what are called systemic theories. It then proceeds to discuss phenomenological approaches to the health and illness experience. The goal is to clarify how these approaches focus on experience and depart from prevailing systemic models.

Sick Role; Disease; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Social Sciences

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