Medicine, Mobility, and Power in Global Africa

Medicine, Mobility, and Power in Global Africa : Transnational Health and Healing

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Recent political, social, and economic changes in Africa have provoked radical shifts in the landscape of health and healthcare. Medicine, Mobility, and Power in Global Africa captures the multiple dynamics of a globalized world and its impact on medicine, health, and the delivery of healthcare in Africa--and beyond. Essays by an international group of contributors take on intractable problems such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and insufficient access to healthcare, drugs, resources, hospitals, and technologies. The movements of people and resources described here expose the growing challenges of poverty and public health, but they also show how new opportunities have been created for transforming healthcare and promoting care and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 358 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 498.95g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 10 b&w illustrations
  • 0253223687
  • 9780253223685
  • 1,481,724

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Medicine, Mobility and Power in Global Africa is a welcome addition to a growing body of scholarship examining postcolonial medicine, health, and healing in Africa. * Journal of African History * This skillfully edited collection clears a path for further new and exciting work around topics of mobility, transnational health, and global healing. * Bulletin of the History of Medicine * Medicine, Mobility, and Power in Global Africa is an inspiring exploration of medicine's mobility in the form of twelve ethnographically rich contributions on African healing practices. . . . [T]his volume [is] a unique and promising contribution to the field of medical anthropology. * Africa Spectrum * For medical anthropologists who work in Africa, the Dilger, Kanye, and Langwick volume is almost obligatory, and reading it will likely lead to a pleasant afternoon filled with recognizable names and debates.57.3 Dec. 2014 * African Studies Review *show more

About Assistant Professor Hansjorg Dilger

Hansjorg Dilger is a junior professor of social and cultural anthropology at Freie Universitat Berlin. He is author of Living with Aids, Illness, Death, and Social Relationships in Africa: An Ethnography (in German).Abdoulaye Kane is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African Studies at the University of Florida. He is author of Tontines, Solidarity Funds, and Street Bankers: The Universe of Informal Financial Practices in Africa and Among African Immigants in France (in French).Stacey A. Langwick is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Cornell University. She is author of Bodies, Politics, and African Healing: The Matter of Maladies in Tanzania (IUP, 2011).show more

Table of contents

Hansjorg Dilger, Abdoulaye Kane, and Stacey A. Langwick Introduction Part 1. Scale as an Effect of Power1. The Choreography of Global Subjection: The Traditional Birth Attendant in Contemporary Configurations of World Health Stacey A. Langwick 2. Targeting the Empowered Individual: Transnational Policy-Making, the Global Economy of Aid and the Limitations of `Biopower' in Tanzania Hansjorg Dilger3. Health Security on the Move. Biobureaucracy, Solidarity and the Transfer of Health Insurance to Senegal Angelika Wolf4. Afri-global Medicine: New Perspectives on Epidemics, Drugs, Wars, Migrations, and Healing-rituals John Janzen5. AIDS Policies for Markets and Warriors: Dispossession, Capital, and Pharmaceuticals in Nigeria Kristin PetersonPart 2. Alternative Forms of Globality6. Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Mali and Togo: Circulating Knowledge, Mobile Technology, Transnational Efforts Viola Horbst7. Flows of Medicine, Healers, Health Professionals, and Patients between Home and Host Countries Abdoulaye Kane8. Public Health or Public Threat? Polio Eradication Campaigns, Islamic Revival, and the Materialization of State Power in Niger Adeline Masquelier9. School of Deliverance: Healing, Exorcism and Male Spirit Possession in the Ghanaian Presbyterian Diaspora Adam MohrPart 3. Moving through the Gaps10. It's Just Like the Internet: Transnational Healing Practices between Somaliland and the Somali Diaspora Marja Tiilikainen11. Mobility and Connectedness: Chinese Medical Doctors in Kenya Elisabeth Hsu12. Guinean Migrant Traditional Healers in the Global Market Clara CarvalhoContributorsIndexshow more