Health promotion and the discourse on culture: implications for empowerment

Health Educ Q. 1994 Fall;21(3):345-53. doi: 10.1177/109019819402100306.


To invoke the primacy of culture in health education activities is not only to challenge approaches to health education that overlook or downplay this domain, but to also deepen and extend the possibilities of progressive approaches that focus on culture. Border pedagogy, which seeks to establish a countervoice to Eurocentrism and patriarchy, enhances and magnifies the possibilities that were opened up when critical pedagogy invoked the engagement of students in the production of knowledge. This process of engaging the teacher/interventionists and the students/audiences in the production of meaning, value, pleasure, and knowledge should be central to the mission of health education. It is only through such dialogue where varied cultural expressions are affirmed and centralized that the production of cultural identity can be legitimating and empowering relative to health promotion.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Communication
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison*
  • Cultural Characteristics*
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Health Plan Implementation
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Power, Psychological*
  • Social Values