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Fluent Bodies: Ayurvedic Remedies for Postcolonial Imbalance (Latin America in Translation/En Traduccion/Em Traducao)

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Fluent Bodies examines the modernization of the indigenous healing practice, Ayurveda, in India. Combining contemporary ethnography with a study of key historical moments as glimpsed through early-twentieth-century texts, Jean M. Langford argues that as Ayurveda evolved from an eclectic set of healing practices into a sign of Indian national culture, it was reimagined as a healing force not simply for bodily disorders but for colonial and postcolonial ills.

Interweaving theory with narrative, Langford explores the strategies of contemporary practitioners who reconfigure Ayurvedic knowledge through institutions and technologies such as hospitals, anatomy labs, clinical trials, and sonograms. She shows how practitioners appropriate, transform, or circumvent the knowledge practices implicit in these institutions and technologies, destabilizing such categories as medicine, culture, science, symptom, and self, even as they deploy them in clinical practice. Ultimately, this study points to the future of Ayurveda in a transnational era as a remedy not only for the wounds of colonialism but also for an imagined cultural emptiness at the heart of global modernity.

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An ethnography of Ayurvedic medicine which argues the ills it cures are largely effects of postcolonial identity.

About the Author

Jean M. Langford is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822329312
Author:
Langford, Jean
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Comaroff, Jean L.
Author:
Appadurai, Arjun
Author:
Farquhar, Judith
Author:
Langford
Author:
Comaroff, John L.
Subject:
Alternative medicine
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Traditional medicine
Subject:
Medicine, ayurvedic
Subject:
Asia - India
Subject:
World - Colonial Studies
Subject:
Asia - India & South Asia
Subject:
Medicine, Ayurvedic - Social aspects
Subject:
Traditional medicine -- India. .
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Body, Commodity, Text: Studies of Objectifying Practice
Publication Date:
20021031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 illus., 1 table
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9.44x6.00x1.10 in. 1.33 lbs.

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Alternative
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Asia » India » Ancient and General
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » India

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