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The Social Model of Health
The social model of health

The social model of health offers a distinctive and holistic definition and understanding of health that moves beyond the limitations and reductionism associated with the medical model of health. Health, according to the social model, is not a state of being solely under the domain of the medical profession, nor is health and disease only made intelligible by findings of medical science. Rather, a perspective of health is realized that embraces all aspects of human experience and places health fully in the dynamic interplay of social structures and embodied human agency. Such an approach in understanding health is crucial for Health Studies as it allows a wider understanding of health, one that accords with the multidisciplinary ...

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