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TitleHealers and Empires in Global History [electronic resource] : Healing as Hybrid and Contested Knowledge / edited by Markku Hokkanen, Kalle Kananoja
ImprintCham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
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Descript XI, 279 p. 4 illus., 3 illus. in color. online resource


This book explores cross-cultural medical encounters involving non-Western healers in a variety of imperial contexts from the Arctic, Asia, Africa, Americas and the Caribbean. It highlights contests over healing, knowledge and medicines through the frameworks of hybridisation and pluralism. The intertwined histories of medicine, empire and early globalisation influenced the ways in which millions of people encountered and experienced suffering, healing and death. In an increasingly global search for therapeutics and localised definition of acceptable healing, networks and mobilities played key roles. Healers’ engagements with politics, law and religion underline the close connections between healing, power and authority. They also reveal the agency of healers, sufferers and local societies, in encounters with modernising imperial states, medical science and commercialisation. The book questions and complements the traditional narratives of triumphant biomedicine, reminding readers that ‘traditional’ medical cultures and practitioners did not often disappear, but rather underwent major changes in the increasingly interconnected world


1. Introduction - Markku Hokkanen and Kalle Kananoja -- 2. Traditional Arctic Healing and Medicines of Modernisation in Finnish and Swedish Lapland - Ritva Kylli -- 3. Reports on Encounters of Medical Cultures: Two Physicians in Sweden’s Medical and Colonial Connections in the Late Eighteenth Century - Saara-Maija Kontturi -- 4. Tibetan Medicine and Buddhism in the Soviet Union: Research, Repression, and Revival, 1922–1991 - Ivan Sablin -- 5. Contestation, Redefinition and Healers’ Tactics in Colonial Southern Africa - Markku Hokkanen -- 6. Complicating Hybrid Medical Practices in the Tropics: Examining the Case of São Tomé and Príncipe, 1850-1926 - Rafaela Jobbitt -- 7. Doctors, Healers and Charlatans in Brazil: A Short History of Ideas, c. 1650–1950 - Kalle Kananoja -- 8. Risking Obeah: A Spiritual Infrastructure in the Danish West Indies, c. 1800–1848 - Gunvor Simonsen -- 9. Toward a Typology of Nineteenth-Century Lakota Magico-Medico-Ritual Specialists - David C. Posthumus

Imperialism World history Medicine History Imperialism and Colonialism. World History Global and Transnational History. History of Medicine. History of Science.


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