Power is in the air we breathe, and
no matter where we are there are always individuals with more power over
others. In “An anthropology of structural violence” Paul Farmer (2004) famously
described the ways systems of power operate to produce structural inequalities
and forms of violence inherent within. Farmer defines structural violence
as “the experience of people who …
Malarial Subjects: Empire, Medicine and Nonhumans in British India, 1820–1909. (Open Access).
Rohan Deb Roy
Cambridge University Press, 2017. 332 pages.
long garnered no shortage of interest among global health experts and the
medical anthropologists periodically at their sides. The sustained concern owes
in one part to the fact that malaria remains a major threat, and in …
On a sunny, stifling afternoon, my friend, an Ayurvedic doctor, ushers me into a scantily furnished examining room of his clinic in central Kerala, South India. There, a small, stout woman sits on a chair. Her name is Mercy.1 She is wearing a salwar kameez, an outfit comprising of a long shirt, baggy pants and a scarf, rather …
We are interested in the ways that the concept of “cross-disability” has become an unquestioned value and goal in development and advocacy work: organizations, programs, and advocacy efforts are supposed to be “cross-disability” in nature. Disability activists and organizations in India often proclaim that they are “cross-disability.” As such, commonly-used concepts such as “accessibility” and “disability rights” do not necessarily …
Doctoring Traditions: Ayurveda, Small Technologies, and Braided Sciences
Projit Bihari Mukharji
University of Chicago Press, 2016. 376 pages.
In a sequel to his 2009 Nationalizing the Body, Projit Bihari Mukharji returns to late-colonial South Asia to investigate the modernization of Ayurvedic science and medicine in Doctoring Traditions: Ayurveda, Small Technologies, and Braided Sciences. This time, Mukharji plunges …
Our Most Troubling Madness: Case Studies in Schizophrenia Across Cultures
T.M. Luhrmann and Jocelyn Marrow, editors
University of California Press, 2016, 304 pages
A key premise of this volume of ethnographic case studies is that schizophrenia, or the various conditions we label as schizophrenia and related psychoses, varies in crucial ways in terms of experience, prognosis and outcome …