cover of book
 

The African Transformation of Western Medicine and the Dynamics of Global Cultural Exchange
by David Baronov
Temple University Press, 2010
Paper: 978-1-59213-916-3 | eISBN: 978-1-59213-917-0 | Cloth: 978-1-59213-915-6
Library of Congress Classification GN645.B37 2008
Dewey Decimal Classification 398.353096

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | TOC | REQUEST ACCESSIBLE FILE
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Beginning with the colonial era, Western biomedicine has radically transformed African medical beliefs and practices. Conversely, in using Western biomedicine, Africans have also transformed it. The African Transformation of Western Medicine and the Dynamics of Global Cultural Exchange contends that contemporary African medical systems—no less “biomedical” than Western medicine—in fact greatly enrich and expand the notion of biomedicine, reframing it as a global cultural form deployed across global networks of cultural exchange.

The book analyzes biomedicine as a complex and dynamic sociocultural form, the conceptual premises of which make it necessarily subject to ongoing change and development as it travels the globe. David Baronov captures the complexities of this cultural exchange by using world-systems analysis in a way that places global cultural processes on equal footing with political and economic processes. In doing so, he both allows the story of Africa’s transformation of “Western” biomedicine to be told and offers new insights into the capitalist world system.

See other books on: Africa | Ethnology | Health Policy | Medicine | Traditional medicine
See other titles from Temple University Press
Nearby on shelf for Anthropology / Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology / Ethnic groups and races: