Anthropology in Life and Medicine

Author: Julie Laplante

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 178238555X

Category: Social Science

Page: 302

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Umhlonyane, also known as Artemisia afra, is one of the oldest and best-documented indigenous medicines in South Africa. This bush, which grows wild throughout the sub-Saharan region, smells and tastes like "medicine," thus easily making its way into people's lives and becoming the choice of everyday healing for Xhosa healer-diviners and Rastafarian herbalists. This "natural" remedy has recently sparked curiosity as scientists search for new molecules against a tuberculosis pandemic while hoping to recognize indigenous medicine. Laplante follows umhlonyane on its trails and trials of becoming a biopharmaceutical - from the "open air" to controlled environments - learning from the plant and from the people who use it with hopes in healing.
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Humoral Medicines in Practice

Author: Peregrine Horden,Elisabeth Hsu

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 085745983X

Category: Social Science

Page: 300

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Focusing on practice more than theory, this collection offers new perspectives for studying the so-called "humoral medical traditions," as they have flourished around the globe during the last 2,000 years. Exploring notions of "balance" in medical cultures across Eurasia, Africa and the Americas, from antiquity to the present, the volume revisits "harmony" and "holism" as main characteristics of those traditions. It foregrounds a dynamic notion of balance and asks how balance is defined or conceptualized, by whom, for whom and in what circumstances. Balance need not connoteegalitarianism or equilibrium. Rather, it alludes to morals of self care exercised in place of excessiveness and indulgences after long periods of a life in dearth. As the moral becomes visceral, the question arises: what constitutes the visceral in a body that is in constant flux and flow? How far, and in what ways, are there fundamental properties or constituents in those bodies?
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The Position, Power, and Plasticity of Chinese Medicine in Singapore

Author: Arielle A. Smith

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1785337955

Category: Social Science

Page: 324

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Since the turn of the century Singapore has sustained a reputation for both austere governance and cutting-edge biomedical facilities and research. Seeking to emphasize Singapore’s capacity for “modern medicine” and strengthen their burgeoning biopharmaceutical industry, this image has explicitly excluded Chinese medicine – despite its tremendous popularity amongst Singaporeans from all walks of life, and particularly amongst Singapore’s ethnic Chinese majority. This book examines the use and practice of Chinese medicine in Singapore, especially in everyday life, and contributes to anthropological debates regarding the post-colonial intersection of knowledge, identity, and governmentality, and to transnational studies of Chinese medicine as a permeable, plural, and fluid practice.
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Luangan Healing Performances through Practice

Author: Isabell Herrman

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1782385657

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Belianis an exceptionally lively tradition of shamanistic curing rituals performed by the Luangans, a politically marginalized population of Indonesian Borneo. This volume explores the significance of these rituals in practice and asks what belian rituals do – socially, politically, and existentially – for particular people in particular circumstances. Departing from the conception that rituals exist as ethereal, liminal or insulated traditional domains, this volume demonstrates the importance of understanding rituals as emergent within their specific historical and social settings. It offers an analysis of a number of concrete ritual performances, exemplifying a diversity of ritual genres, stylistic modalities and sensual ambiences, from low-key, habitual affairs to drawn-out, crowd-seizing community rituals and innovative, montage-like cultural experiments.
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Author: Linda L. Barnes,Susan Starr Sered

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0195167953

Category: Religion

Page: 535

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Americans have long been aware of the phenomenon loosely known as faith healing. Such practices most often received attention when they came into conflict with biomedical practice. During the 1990s, however, the American cultural landscape changed dramatically and religious healing became acommonplace feature of our society. The essays in this book chart this new reality. Insofar as healing traditions constitute the meeting ground or point of conflict between different groups, argue the authors, they provide a powerful lens through which to examine cultural changes at work. Each ofthe papers offers a particular case study. Many emphasize gender, race, ethnicity, and class as key components of healing experiences.
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Die Umwelt-Enzyklika des Papstes

Author: Franziskus (Papst),

Publisher: Verlag Herder GmbH

ISBN: 345180736X

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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Mit großer Spannung wurde sie erwartet, auch von Nicht-Katholiken: Die Umwelt-Enzyklika von Papst Franziskus nimmt die heute entscheidenden Themen in den Blick; es geht um die geht um soziale, ökologische und politische Zusammenhänge. Wohl selten war ein päpstliches Schreiben so aktuell und brisant und vor allem relevant für alle Gesellschaftsschichten und Menschen weltweit. Mit "Laudato si" beweist Franziskus, dass die Kirche nach wie vor eine unverzichtbare Stimme im Diskurs zur Gestaltung der modernen Welt ist. Wer verstehen will, wie Papst und Kirche die großen Herausforderungen unserer Zeit bestehen wollen, kommt an diesem Werk nicht vorbei. Ein Muss für jeden, der an den drängenden Fragen unserer Zeit interessiert ist.
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Author: Oliver W. Sacks

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783499199639

Category:

Page: 508

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Global Politics of Medical Knowledge and Practice

Author: Laurent Pordié

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: N.A

Category: Medical

Page: 288

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The popularity of Tibetan medicine plays a central role in the international market for alternative medicine and has been increasing and extending far beyond its original cultural area becoming a global phenomenon. This book analyses Tibetan medicine in the 21st century by considering the contemporary reasons that have led to its diversity and by bringing out the common orientations of this medical system. Using case studies that examine of the social, political and identity dynamics of Tibetan medicine in Nepal, India, the PRC, Mongolia, the UK and the US, the contributors to this book answer the following three, fundamental questions: What are the modalities and issues involved in the social and therapeutic transformations of Tibetan medicine? How are national policies and health reforms connected to the processes of contemporary redefinition of this medicine? How does Tibetan medicine fit into the present, globalized context of the medical world? Written by experts in the field from the US, France, Canada, China and the UK this book will be invaluable to students and scholars interested in contemporary medicine, Tibetan studies, health studies and the anthropology of Asia. 'Winner of the ICAS Colleagues Choice Award 2009"
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An Encyclopedia of World Beliefs, Practices, and Culture

Author: Mariko Namba Walter,Eva Jane Neumann Fridman

Publisher: Abc-clio

ISBN: 9781576076453

Category: Religion

Page: 1055

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A guide to worldwide shamanism and shamanistic practices, emphasizing historical and current cultural adaptations.
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Author: Paul Theroux

Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe

ISBN: 3455851606

Category: Travel

Page: 528

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Von Boston bis nach Esquel im mythenumwobenen Patagonien - an einem eiskalten Wintermorgen begibt sich Paul Theroux auf eine ganz besondere Zugreise: Mit Bummelbahnen und Luxuszügen fährt er monatelang quer durch die USA und Mexiko gen Süden. Unterwegs besucht er pittoreske mittelamerikanische Orte, trifft auf Fußballrowdys in El Salvador und Aussteiger in Costa Rica. Er setzt über den Panamakanal, begegnet Straßenkindern in Kolumbien, teilt sich ein Hotelzimmer mit Ratten in Ecuador und wird höhenkrank auf dem Weg zur Inka-Stadt Machu Picchu. Schließlich erreicht er die Endstation Esquel im Hochland Argentiniens - wo die Welt zu Ende ist, wie ihm scheint. Treffsicher beschreibt Theroux seine Erlebnisse und Begegnungen von unterwegs - humorvoll, scharfzüngig und stilistisch brillant.
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