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From the Fat of Our Souls By Libbet Crandon-Malamud

From the Fat of Our Souls

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Investigates the social and political dimensions of medical pluralism in the rural town of Kachitu, Bolivia. The author explores how local gossip, rumours and opinions surrounding medical care contribute greatly to a sense of religious and ethnic identity.

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From the Fat of Our Souls: Social Change, Political Process, and Medical Pluralism in Bolivia by Libbet Crandon-Malamud

From the Fat of Our Souls offers a revealing new perspective on medicine, and the reasons for choosing or combining indigenous and cosmopolitan medical systems, in the Andean highlands. Closely observing the dialogue that surrounds medicine and medical care among Indians and Mestizos, Catholics and Protestants, peasants and professionals in the rural town of Kachitu, Libbet Crandon-Malamud finds that medical choice is based not on medical efficacy but on political concerns. Through the primary resource of medicine, people have access to secondary resources, the principal one being social mobility. This investigation of medical pluralism is also a history of class formation and the fluidity of both medical theory and social identity in highland Bolivia, and it is told through the often heartrending, often hilarious stories of the people who live there.

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"Crandon-Malamud uses the self-reflexive voice of the 'new ethnography' (but with greater political conviction and more humanity) in tandem with traditional empirical tools such as informant surveys. . . . Its most important message is that medicine "everywhere--not just in Kachitu--is a means to effect change, to represent and reconstruct the world in accordance with one's own vision."--Lynn M. Morgan, "Medical Anthropology Quarterly

About Libbet Crandon-Malamud


Libbet Crandon-Malamud is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University and Director of Gender Studies, University of Arkansas, Little Rock.

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GOR006056332
From the Fat of Our Souls: Social Change, Political Process, and Medical Pluralism in Bolivia by Libbet Crandon-Malamud
Libbet Crandon-Malamud
Comparative Studies of Health Systems and Medical Care
Used - Very Good
Paperback
University of California Press
1993-12-15
308
0520084306
9780520084308
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