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New Cures, Old Medicines: Women and the Commercialization of Traditional Medicine in Bolivia / Edition 1
     

New Cures, Old Medicines: Women and the Commercialization of Traditional Medicine in Bolivia / Edition 1

by Lynn Sikknik
 

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ISBN-10: 0495837113

ISBN-13: 2900495837113

Pub. Date: 03/03/2009

Publisher: Cengage Learning

Geographically and topically diverse, the Spindler/Stockard series has enriched the study of cultural anthropology and the social sciences for countless undergraduate and graduate students. More than 200 ethnographies have been published through the years, many of which have become classics in the field. And as the world continues to evolve into a global community,

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Geographically and topically diverse, the Spindler/Stockard series has enriched the study of cultural anthropology and the social sciences for countless undergraduate and graduate students. More than 200 ethnographies have been published through the years, many of which have become classics in the field. And as the world continues to evolve into a global community, the more recent studies in the series provide not only readable, informative ethnographic treatments of the world's cultures but also discussions of their interactions and the consequent changes that ensue.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900495837113
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
03/03/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208

Table of Contents

Foreword viii

Preface xi

Chapter 1 Andean Traditional Medicines in Rural Settings and Community Exchange Networks 1

Introduction 1

Setting and Environment 6

A Brief Introduction to Andean Medicine 11

Bolivian Language and Ethnicity 13

Fieldwork and Research Methodology 15

Summary 18

Chapter 2 Traditional Medicines in New Contexts: Old Cultural Practices in New Venues 19

Introduction 19

The Hot and Cold System in Traditional Healing and Exchange 20

Traditional Medicines, Commerce, and Change 25

Healing in the City: A Traditional Medicine Practice 28

Summary 31

Chapter 3 Women's Roles in Andean Marketplaces: Shopping in the Andes 33

Introduction 33

Cochabamba's La Cancha: Tarzan in the Marketplace 34

The Marketplace as a Crossroads 36

Gender and the Marketplace 38

The Informal Economic Sector 48

Summary 50

Chapter 4 Marketing Medicines in Rural Bolivia: San Pedro de Condo 51

Traditional Medicines as Communal Resources: Where Herbal Remedies Come From 51

San Pedro de Condo: A Village of Enterpreneurs 56

Sense of Place: Traditional Medicines and the Local Geography 57

A Trajectory from Rural Home to Regional Marketplace 61

Traditional Medicine Exchange at Home in San Pedro de Condo 61

Summary 65

Chapter 5 Selling Medicines at Condo's Regional Marketplaces: Huari, Challapata, and Oruro 66

The Huari Fair: From Colonial Fair to Regional Market 66

The Challapata Fair: The "New" Regional Marketplace 74

Between Field and City: Oruro Vendors of Traditional Medicines 81

Summary 87

Chapter 6 Bolivian Traditional Medicines and Urban Commercialization: Medicine Vendors in Cochabamba88

Introduction: From Love Charms to Medicinal Teas 88

The Cochabamba Marketplace: Layout and History 92

Vendors and Their Medicinal Wares 94

Rural-Urban Interfaces: Marketwomen and Medicinal Wares 97

Healing and the Morality of Marketplace Exchange 107

Summary 109

Chapter 7 Coca, Coca Medicines, and the Dilemma of Coca in the Andes and Beyond 110

Introduction: Coca as Drug/Coca as Sacred 110

Coca in the Andean Countryside: Traditional Uses of Coca 113

Coca Wine 120

From Coca Wine to Coca-Cola 121

Coke versus Coca: Origin Myths 122

Coca Medicines and Changing Perceptions of Health 123

Coca Production and Coca Eradication 127

Summary 134

Chapter 8 Natural Medicine and Naturopaths in Bolivia:

A New Twist on Traditional Medicine 136

Naturismo and Naturistas in Contemporary Bolivia 137

Commerce and Healing: The Marketplace Services of a Natural Medicine Doctor 143

Dragon's Blood, Commercialization, and Naturismo 147

Wilson: New Opportunities in the City 149

Maribel: From Q'uwera to Naturista 151

Aleph: From Pharmacy to Traditional Medicine Cottage Industry 154

Summary 156

Chapter 9 Traditional Medicines and Intellectual Property Rights 157

Introduction: A Case of Conflicting Claims 157

Wira-Wira and Traditional Medicines as Common Resources 161

Biotechnology Firms versus the Rights of Prior Use:

Patents and Problems 164

Potential Solutions 165

Summary 172

Epilogue The Future of Traditional Medicines in Bolivia 173

References 179

Index 189

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