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Crossing Colonial Historiographies: Histories of Colonial and Indigenous Medicines in Transnational Perspective [Hardcover]

Anne Digby , Waltraud Ernst and Projit B. Mukharji , Waltraud Ernst , Projit B. Muhkarji

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November 1, 2010 1443821543 978-1443821544 New edition
This book offers an innovative engagement with the diverse histories of colonial and indigenous medicines. Engagement with different kinds of colonialism and varied indigenous socio-political cultures has led to a wide range of approaches and increasingly distinct traditions of historical writing about colonial and indigenous modes of healing have emerged in the various regions formerly ruled by different colonial powers. The volume offers a much-needed opportunity to explore new conceptual perspectives and encourages critical reflection on how scholars' research specialisms have influenced their approaches to the history of medicine and healing. The book includes contributions on different geographical regions in Asia, Africa and the Americas and within the varied contexts of Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch and British colonialisms. It deals with issues such as internal colonialism, the plural history of objects, transregional circulation and entanglement, and the historicisation of medical historiography. The chapters in the volume explore the scope for conceptual interaction between authors from diverse disciplines and different regions, highlighting the synergies and thematic commonalities as well as differences and divergences.

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Anne Digby is Research Professor in History at Oxford Brookes University. Amongst the more recent of her numerous publications on the history of medicine are Diversity, Division in Medicine: Health Care in South Africa from the 1800s' (2006), and a co-authored volume At the Heart of Healing:Groote Schuur Hospital, 1938-2008 (2008). Waltraud Ernst is Professor in the History of Medicine, 1700-2000, at Oxford Brookes University in the UK. She has written widely on the history of psychiatry in South Asia. Her publications include Mad Tales from the Raj (1991/2010) and 'Beyond East and West. From the History of Colonial Medicine to a Social History of Medicine(s) in South Asia', Social History of Medicine 20 (2007): 505-24. Projit Bihari Mukharji is an Assistant Professor in Modern South Asian History at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. He is the author of Nationalizing the Body: The Medical Market, Print and Daktari Medicine (Anthem: 2009) and A History of Healing Practises in South Asia: De-centring Indigenous Medicine (Routledge: Forthcoming).

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