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The Use of Food and Diet to Manage and Control Type 2 Diabetes in South Trinidad: Intersections of Contemporary Medicine, Folk Medicine, and Every Day Experience

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dc.contributor.advisor Finnis, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.author Ramsundar, Chantelle
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-23T15:35:05Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-23T15:35:05Z
dc.date.copyright 2018-03
dc.date.created 2018-03-20
dc.date.issued 2018-04-23
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/12921
dc.description.abstract In this thesis, I examine how type 2 diabetes is managed and treated globally in a country defined as an “emerging economy”. In areas of new development, while contemporary medical treatments are more universally accepted, such as prescribed medication, folk medical treatments can still be more accessible to specific areas. Foods, and access, are important variables to take into consideration when discussing the treatment of type 2 diabetes, thus making it a focus of my argument. I argue that the conceptualization of diabetes in Southern Trinidad is influenced by folk beliefs of disease and the human body, and that conversely, the treatment measures provided to those who are diagnosed are reflective of North American ideas of prescription medication and treatment (such as diet and exercise). What this does is create a dissonance between what is “good” versus “bad” for the human body, with variables attached to identity at the centre of the conflict such as gender, culture, food, and memories. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Type 2 Diabetes en_US
dc.subject Food en_US
dc.subject Trinidad en_US
dc.subject Caribbean en_US
dc.subject Health en_US
dc.title The Use of Food and Diet to Manage and Control Type 2 Diabetes in South Trinidad: Intersections of Contemporary Medicine, Folk Medicine, and Every Day Experience en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Public Issues Anthropology en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Arts en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Sociology and Anthropology en_US
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