Medicine and the Politics of Knowledge situates South Africa - including its history of stances and political formations around HIV/AIDSin the broader context of questions relating to science, medicine, human experimentation, and structural violence, all of which shape the cases in the book. Putting South Africa in the context of other cases of contention and contestation about science and medicine in India, Latin America and China helps us to understand the particular history of the South African case itself.
Conceived in response to the urgency of bioethical debates in medical anthropology, this ethnographic collection touches the borders of anthropology, philosophy, and public health. At a time in world history where medicine and medical practice is deeply contested in the everyday as well as in juridical terms, this book makes an essential contribution to global debates about tradition, about science, and about the politics of knowledge production.
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Medicine and the politics of knowledge: Beyond the microscope
ETHNOGRAPHY FROM SOUTHERN AFRICAThe rings around Jonathan's eyes: HIV and AIDS medicine at the margins of administration
Oliver Human True believers or modern believers: HIV science and the work of the Dr Rath Foundation
Christopher Colvin Testing knowledge: Legitimacy, healing and medicine in South Africa
Susan Levine Biomedical and traditional knowledge in the search for healing in Namibia
Diana Gibson and Estelle Oosthuysen
ETHNOGRAPHY FROM THE GLOBAL SOUTHBelieving sceptically: Rethinking health-seeking behaviours in central India
Helen Macdonald Experimentalité: Pharmaceutical insights into anthropologys epistemologically fractured self
Donna Goldstein Knowledge in translation: Global science, local things
Trees, webs and explosions: The analogical imperative in the politics of knowledge