Poverty, Class And Health Culture

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Poverty, Class and Health Culture in India is an extensive study of health behaviour of rural population in India by Prof. Debabar Banerji. It is based on a nine year long study of health culture of people in nineteen villages across eight states from the year 1972-1981. The book is a good source to visualize inter-linkages between various socio-cultural, economic and political factors and their contribution towards health culture. This book draws direct interrelationship of socio-economic and political environment with health services and their utilization. The overlapping of caste, class and power relations determine access to health services.

The book comprises of 12 chapters in all. The first chapter is the introduction to the study. 2nd chapter is the various methodological issues like selection of the study population, methods, tools and process of data collection,etc. Chapter 3 provides quantitative data on housing and various assets, occupation, caste, landholdings, demographic data, political awareness, etc. Chapter 4 is about the rural-urban disparities in terms of access to health services, education and other such opportunities, dependence of villagers on cities, religious, political and economic institutions across villages and glimpses from cultural life of rural people in terms of fairs and festivals. Poverty, power and social structure of villages are described in Chapter 5. A portrait of village poor is constructed in chapter 6 with help of case studies. Chapter 7 is about caste, religious groups and class. In Chapter 8, author has depicted political leadership in various villages. The quantitative data on social and economic profiles of special categories is given in Chapter 9. Chapter 10 describes social change in villages during 1972-81.Chapter 11 and 12 draw the conclusion and implications of the study respectively.

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