Borders and Healers: Brokering Therapeutic Resources in Southeast Africa

Borders and Healers: Brokering Therapeutic Resources in Southeast Africa

by Tracy J. Luedke, Harry G. West
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253218055

ISBN-13: 9780253218056

Pub. Date: 12/28/2005

Publisher: Indiana University Press

In southeast Africa, the power to heal is often associated with crossing borders, whether literal or metaphorical. This wide-ranging volume reveals that healers, whose power depends on the ability to broker therapeutic resources, also contribute to the construction of the borders they transgress. While addressing diverse healing practices such as herbalism,

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In southeast Africa, the power to heal is often associated with crossing borders, whether literal or metaphorical. This wide-ranging volume reveals that healers, whose power depends on the ability to broker therapeutic resources, also contribute to the construction of the borders they transgress. While addressing diverse healing practices such as herbalism, razor-blade vaccination, spirit possession, prophetic healing, missionary health clinics, and traumatic storytelling, the nine lively and provocative essays in Borders and Healers explore the creativity and resilience of the region’s healers and those they heal in a world shaped by economic stagnation, declining state commitments to health care, and the AIDS pandemic. This important book contributes to understandings of the ways in which healing practices in southeast Africa mediate divides between the wealthy and the impoverished, the traditional and the modern, the local and the global.

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ISBN-13:
9780253218056
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Healing Divides: Therapeutic Border Work in Southeast Africa Harry G. West and Tracy J. Luedke
1. Working the Borders to Beneficial Effect: The Not-So-Indigenous Knowledge of Not-So-Traditional Healers in Northern Mozambique Harry G. West
2. Presidents, Bishops, and Mothers: The Construction of Authority in Mozambican Healing Tracy J. Luedke
3. Of Markets and Medicine: The Changing Significance of Zimbabwean Muti in the Age of Intensified Globalization David Simmons
4. Money, Modernity, and Morality: Traditional Healing and the Expansion of the Holy Spirit in Mozambique James Pfeiffer
5. Transnational Images of Pentecostal Healing: Comparative Examples from Malawi and Botswana Rijk van Dijk
6. From HIV/AIDS to Ukimwi: Narrating Local Accounts of a Cure Julian M. Murchison
7. Geographies of Medicine: Interrogating the Boundary between "Traditional" and "Modern" Medicine in Colonial Tanganyika Stacey Langwick
8. Shifting Geographies of Suffering and Recovery: Traumatic Storytelling after Apartheid Christopher J. Colvin
Afterword: Ethnographic Regions—Healing, Power, and History Steven Feierman
References Cited
Contributors
Index

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