Article

Social circulation and consumption of breast cancer health information among Yamatji in Western Australia

Citation

Dembinsky M (2017) Social circulation and consumption of breast cancer health information among Yamatji in Western Australia. Australian Journal of Anthropology, 28 (1), pp. 21-38. https://doi.org/10.1111/taja.12167

Abstract
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in Australia, and other parts of the world, especially for women. Over the last few decades, more and more information has become available to the public about breast cancer. Throughout Yamatji country various formats for the dissemination of this information have been implemented, with varying degrees of success. Data collected as part of a doctoral research project on Yamatji breast cancer experiences shows that for information to be considered trustworthy and valid, it needs to be passed along social pathways that allow information ‘consumers’ to evaluate the information ‘provider’. Through this social circulation of health information, Yamatji actively engage and shape health information provision, as well as distribution. Likewise, by rejecting certain health information as untrustworthy, Yamatji assert agency in their self‐health management.

Keywords
Aboriginal Australia; breast cancer; health information

Journal
Australian Journal of Anthropology: Volume 28, Issue 1

StatusPublished
Publication date30/04/2017
Publication date online15/09/2015
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/27105
PublisherWiley-Blackwell for Australian Anthropological Society
ISSN1035-8811