Drawing on the provided reading, discuss why it is important to examine lay understandings and community perspectives of health and illness.
Drawing on the article by Thompson and Gifford (2000) ‘Trying to keep a balance: the meaning of health and diabetes in an urban Aboriginal community’, Social Science Social and Medicine, vol. 51, p. 1457-1472, discuss why it is important in the hypothetical treatment of Australian Indigenous people to examine lay understandings and community perspectives of health and illness. To illustrate your point, you should draw on specific points from the article as well as other relevant contemporary research articles, with a minimum of 5 peer-reviewed journal articles to support your critical evaluation and reference in the text. The aim of this essay is to apply a sociological perspective to explain the relationship between people and food, as well as identify and describe appropriate methods of research in order to address food and nutrition issues within this community.
The assignment should be structured as an essay with an introduction, main body and conclusion.