ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Health, Illness and Disease

A Political Ecology Perspective

The conceptions of disease and its formulation under different paradigms have made it clear that the approach towards health and medicine has never been completely detached from ecology. Health and disease are thought to be the products of the interaction among three key elements: the agent, the host, and the environment. This paper is an attempt to develop an approach that encompasses the concerns surrounding an understanding of disease ecology and a patient's behaviour during treatment. Using the example of tuberculosis patients put under DOTS, which disregards the patient's say in decision-making, it analyses the implications for the larger health issue using the political ecology approach.

This paper is based on my doctoral work submitted to Jawaharlal Nehru University. I am indebted to Atiya Habeeb Kidwai for her supervision. My sincere thanks are due to the two anonymous referees, B S Butola, Atul Sood, Vijay K Yadavendu, and Brahma Prakash for reading the earlier draft and giving their inputs. Bikramaditya Kumar Choudhary

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