The Importance of Social and Cultural Effects of Mercury on Aboriginal People.
Neurotoxicology 17 (1) : 251-256,1996.
Environmental contaminants, including mercury, often by-products of industrialisation and development projects, frequently have farreaching consequences for Aboriginal people, who often receive little benefit from such projects.
In trying to understand the full impact of environmental mercury on Aboriginal people, therefore, research endeavours must consider the social and cultural impacts, and not simply focus on the direct clinical effects resulting from exposure.
This paper explores some of the key areas in developing such an understanding.
Aboriginal peoples'understanding of mercury contamination is influenced by their holistic concepts of health and environment.
Whether or not scientific assessment reveals direct clinical health effects from exposure to mercury, this holistic viewpoint may lead to an effect on both individuals and communities.
Perceptions of changes and the disruption of the special relationship that Aboriginal people perceive themselves to have with the environment have considerable impact on their social, cultural, spiritual and economic well-being.
These qualitative impacts are not easily measured with standard social indicators. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Mercure, Métal lourd, Polluant, Environnement, Toxicité, Homme, Epidémiologie, Canada, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Autochtone, Aborigène, Mode de vie, Environnement socioculturel
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Mercury, Heavy metal, Pollutant, Environment, Toxicity, Human, Epidemiology, Canada, North America, America, Autochtonous, Aboriginal, Life habit, Sociocultural environment
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Code Inist : 002B03L05. Création : 10/04/1997.