New Horizons in Medical Anthropology: Essays in Honour of Charles Leslie / Edition 1

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Overview

New Horizons in Medical Anthropology is a festschrift in honor of Charles Leslie whose influential career helped shape this subfield of anthropology. This collection of cutting-edge essays explores medical innovation and medical pluralism at the turn of the 21st century. The book accomplishes two things: it reflects recent research by medical anthropologists working in Asia who have been inspired by Charles Leslie's writing on such topics as medical pluralism and the early emergence of what has become a globalized biomedicine, the social relations of therapy management, and the relationship between the politics of the state and discourse about the health of populations, illness, and medicine. The book also takes up lesser known aspects of Leslie's work: his contribution as an editor and the role he played in carrying the field forward; his ethics as a medical anthropologist committed to humanism and sensitive to racism and eugenics; and the passion he inspired in his co-workers and students.
Charles Leslie is a remarkable and influential social scientist. New Horizons in Medical Anthropology is a fitting tribute to a sensitive scholar whose theories and codes of practice provide an essential guide to future generations of medical anthropologists.

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'The volume presents a number of cutting-edge essays in medical anthropology drawing on Leslie's intellectual heritage.'Journal of Social Anthropology
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Meet the Author

Mark Nichter is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. Margaret Lock is Professor in the Department of Social Studies of Medicine and in the Department of Anthropology, McGill University.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction: From documenting medical pluralism to critical interpretations of globalized health knowledge, policies, and practices 1
2 Governing bodies in New Order Indonesia 35
3 Too bold, too hot: Crossing "culture" in AIDS prevention in Nepal 58
4 The social relations of therapy management 81
5 Making sense out of modernity 111
6 A return to scientific racism in medical social sciences: The case of sexuality and the AIDS epidemic in Africa 141
7 "We five, our twenty-five": Myths of population out of control in contemporary India 172
8 Establishing proof: Translating "science" and the state in Tibetan medicine 200
9 Notes on the evolution of evolutionary psychiatry 221
10 Utopias of health, eugenics, and germline engineering 239
11 Killing and healing revisited: On cultural difference, warfare, and sacrifice 267
Charles Leslie's Publications 297
Index 301
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