How Columbus Day perpetuates a silent legacy of settler colonialism

Today’s movement advancing racial justice and social equality has led many to ponder America’s colonial history as well. Tangible artifacts of settler colonialism present themselves all around us, from the lands upon which our cities were built to the museums that display relics of tribal communities. Yet, other artifacts operate on a more sinister, subconscious level. Columbus Day, a prime…

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Social Determinants of Health

Culture’s effect on well-being: Examining connections between industrialism, mental health, and culture-bound syndromes

Although public health has an objective and scientific connotation, systems of thought and belief also affect well-being, with equal, if not greater, impact. For instance, global differences in the occurrence of mental health conditions reveal that social conditions are in part responsible for citizens’ mental health. Furthermore, in a world of globalization, cultural diffusion has affected societal standards in even…

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