PUBH2011 Global Health


What does Lock and Nguyen mean by culture?

(Rephrase, paraphrase, or rephrase the definition.

Briefly describe one group or culture to which you belong.

It can be any thing that qualifies according to the definition provided in the text.

Students at AU, LGBTQ students and computer programmers, Arab Americans, Palestinians Christian Palestinians, Queer Christian Palestinians etc.

Given the definition of culture, you can choose whatever makes sense.

The process will allow you to describe common healing or health care practices, although they are not all the same or universally accepted.

Discuss the commonalities among the members of this group.

Function(s), and/or What Meaning(s) they have for you, or for the group.


Margaret Lock and Nguyen believe that 2010 (47) culture can either be classified using a social or biological approach.

According to their definition of culture, culture can be described as a complex system that is unique to humans. This includes beliefs, morals. law. art. norms. customs. and any other items that are acquired by virtue of being a member of a specific society.

The biological aspects are meant to explain the differences in culture that allow people to be part of a certain culture, regardless of how they have been socialized and civilized.

This paper describes the Palestinians as an ethnic community and the common healing practices that they use. It also discusses the importance of these practices for the group.

Palestinians refer to a group of Middle East residents whose cultural practices mirror those of Arab countries.

The economy’s main backbone is agriculture and manufacturing.

Although there is a professional sector, Palestinians continue to honor traditional values and live in extended families.

Because the Palestinians placed so much importance on the family, these values still hold true today. Even children are taught family responsibilities.

Palestinians have culturally accepted values and practices that span from socialization to biological factors.

They are very friendly and open-minded, which makes them very welcoming.

They respect honor and require chastity of the women.

They acknowledge the social significance of social functions, such as child birth and naming and weddings and funerals.

Other holidays, like the Feast of the Sacrifice or the end of the Hajj, are culturally recognised.

The discussion reveals that there are cultural practices for health that are recognized by Palestinians Hudson and others (93) Palestinians were exposed to a variety of traumatic events which some are reminiscent of the 1948 war, which has made mental problems so common.

Women have been subject to abuse.

Palestinian families see the death of a loved one as an act of torture.

Palestinians have their own traditional explanations of mental illness and trauma.

Hudson, 2016 (77). The belief that mental illness is caused by possession supernatural powers and forces with entanglements is a common one among Palestinians.

Mental illness is stigmatized in the family and can cause fear among the Palestinians.

The individual may experience back pain and headaches. It could also lead to rejection by their family members.

Counseling therapy and religious rituals have been used as traditional ways to combat mental illness.

Modern Palestine’s government has opened hospitals for people with mental disabilities. Many NGO’s are also interested in helping the mentally challenged.

The hospitals have not been well-respected in Palestine so this has not helped the general population.

This has led to a majority of people continuing to use counseling as a therapy or religious cleansing rites.

The fact that the mental health issues in Palestine have no biological roots is a significant point to make.

They are still a major threat to the Palestine population, and this is most likely due to both cultural and inner factors.

Refer to

An integrative review of the literature: Cultural expressions of intergenerational trauma as well as mental health nursing implications for US healthcare delivery following resettlement.

Journal of Transcultural Nursing. 27(3), 286-301.

Lock, Margaret and Vinh Kim Nguyen.

An anthropology for biomedicine.

John Wiley & Sons. 2010.