The African Transformation of Western Medicine and the Dynamics of Global Cultural Exchange

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"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.
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"David Baronov has not hesitated to tread where few would dare. His study of African biomedicine is a unique application of the world-systems perspective to an area that has not heretofore been an object of the perspective's analytical lens."
—Roderick Bush, St. John's University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592139156
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Baronov is an Associate Professor of Sociology at St. John Fisher College and is also the author of The Abolition of Slavery in Brazil: The “Liberation” of Africans Through the Emancipation of Capital and Conceptual Foundations of Social Research Methods.

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Table of Contents

1 The Origins of African Biomedicine 1

2 Dissecting Western Medicine 33

3 Biomedicine's Civilizing Mission 77

4 African Pluralistic Medicine and Its Biomedical Antecedents 124

5 African Biomedicine 179

References 215

Index 241

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