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Patients, Doctors and Healers

Medical Worlds among the Mapuche in Southern Chile

Authors: Kristensen, Dorthe Brogård

  • Employs a methodological orientation that can be very enlightening not only for the case it explores in Southern Chile, but also for broader contexts of medical pluralism
  • Performs a thorough exploration of how socioeconomics and ethnic identification pre-exist and emerge from, social practices
  • Takes a unique approach by putting patients as the main focus and relegating medical practitioners to a secondary role
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About this book

Recognizing the interplay between biomedicine and indigenous medicine among the Mapuche in Southern Chile, this book explores notions of culture and personhood through the bodily experiences and medical choices of patients. Through case studies of patients in the context of medical pluralism,  Kristensen argues that medical practices are powerful social symbol indicative of overarching socio-political processes. As certain types of extreme and violent experiences–known as olvidos–lack a framework that allows them to be expressed openly, they therefore surface as symptoms of an illness, often with no apparent organic pathology. In these contexts, indigenous medicine, thanks to its sensitivity to socio-political contexts, provides a space for articulation and management of collective experiences and suffering among patients in Southern Chile.

About the authors

Dorthe Brogård Kristensen is Associate Professor of Consumption Studies at the University of Southern Denmark. Her current interests include health, food, consumption, technologies and medical pluralism. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Illness Stories, Medical Choices and Socio-Political Process

    Pages 1-37

    Kristensen, Dorthe Brogård

  • The History, Culture and Politics of Chile

    Pages 39-62

    Kristensen, Dorthe Brogård

  • Complex Illnesses and Complementary Cures

    Pages 63-101

    Kristensen, Dorthe Brogård

  • Indigenous Disease Categories, Medical Dialogues and Social Positions

    Pages 103-125

    Kristensen, Dorthe Brogård

  • Being Mapuche in Modern Chile: Illness Experiences, Medical Choices and Social Positions

    Pages 127-149

    Kristensen, Dorthe Brogård

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-97031-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-97030-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Patients, Doctors and Healers
Book Subtitle
Medical Worlds among the Mapuche in Southern Chile
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-97031-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-97031-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-97030-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 228
Number of Illustrations
4 illustrations in colour
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