Fluent Bodies: Ayurvedic Remedies for Postcolonial Imbalance / Edition 1

Fluent Bodies: Ayurvedic Remedies for Postcolonial Imbalance / Edition 1

by Jean M. Langford
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822329484

ISBN-13: 9780822329480

Pub. Date: 10/02/2002

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Fluent Bodies examines the modernization of the indigenous healing practice Ayurveda in India. Combining contemporary ethnography with a study of key historical moments as glimpsed through early-twentieth-century texts, Jean M. Langford argues that as Ayurveda evolved from an eclectic set of healing practices into a sign of Indian national culture, it was reimagined…  See more details below

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Fluent Bodies examines the modernization of the indigenous healing practice Ayurveda in India. Combining contemporary ethnography with a study of key historical moments as glimpsed through early-twentieth-century texts, Jean M. Langford argues that as Ayurveda evolved from an eclectic set of healing practices into a sign of Indian national culture, it was reimagined as a healing force not simply for bodily disorders but for colonial and postcolonial ills.

Interweaving theory with narrative, Langford explores the strategies of contemporary practitioners who reconfigure Ayurvedic knowledge through institutions and technologies such as hospitals, anatomy labs, clinical trials, and sonograms. She shows how practitioners appropriate, transform, or circumvent the knowledge practices implicit in these institutions and technologies, destabilizing such categories as medicine, culture, science, symptom, and self, even as they deploy them in clinical practice. Ultimately, this study points to the future of Ayurveda in a transnational era as a remedy not only for the wounds of colonialism but also for an imagined cultural emptiness at the heart of global modernity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822329480
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
10/02/2002
Series:
Body, Commodity, Text
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
1,042,215
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1(Re)inventing Ayurveda1
2Ayurvedic Interiors25
3Healing National Culture63
4The Effect of Externality97
5Clinical Gazes140
6Medical Simulations188
7Parodies of Selfhood231
Epilogue263
Interlocutors271
Glossary273
Notes281
Bibliography291
Index305

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