Accepted paper:

Social and Cultural Dimensions of Health of Tribal Tea Plantation Workers of North Bengal in India - Some Observations

Authors:

Sekh Rahim Mondal (North Bengal University)

Paper short abstract:

This paper is an attempt to examine the cultural dimensions and health behaviour of Tribal Tea Plantations workers of Sub-Himalayan North Bengal in India.

Paper long abstract:

The study of health, health behaviour and health culture are the most important fields of Anthropological research. But the studies of health of Tribal Tea plantation workers are rather very scanty, particularly in the context of interface and interaction between traditional and modern health care practices. This paper is an attempt to examine the cultural dimensions and health behaviour of Tribal Tea Plantations workers of Sub-Himalayan North Bengal in India. Special emphasis shall be given in this paper to highlight the changes in health behaviour of tribal workers under plantation social system. The author is of opinion that the tribal workers in tea plantation have still retained much of their traditional health care practices, but at the same time they are also participating in modern health care system. Availability of modern medical facilities, economic costs involved on them, educational status of the people and above all their tradition have a great role in determining the health behaviour and health culture of the tribal people.

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