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Precious Pills : Medicine and Social Change Among Tibetan Refugees in India
     

Precious Pills : Medicine and Social Change Among Tibetan Refugees in India

by Audrey Prost
 

ISBN-10: 184545457X

ISBN-13: 9781845454579

Pub. Date: 08/15/2008

Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated

Through an ethnography of the social and medical worlds of a community of Tibetan refugees in India, this book addresses two main questions: first, how has the prolonged displacement of Tibetan refugees affected concepts of health in the exile community? Second, how has exile changed traditional Tibetan medical practices? It explores how social changes linked

Overview

Through an ethnography of the social and medical worlds of a community of Tibetan refugees in India, this book addresses two main questions: first, how has the prolonged displacement of Tibetan refugees affected concepts of health in the exile community? Second, how has exile changed traditional Tibetan medical practices? It explores how social changes linked to exile have influenced concepts of health and illness in the Tibetan refugee community of Dharamsala and by looking at recent changes in the theory and practice of traditional Tibetan medicine investigates the role of traditional Tibetan medicine in sustaining public health in the exile community.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845454579
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/15/2008
Series:
EH , #2
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
170
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Illustrations

List of Tables

Acknowledgements

Note on transliteration and the Wylie system

List of abbreviations used

Introduction

PART I: INEQUALITIES IN EXILE

Chapter 1. "Because we are Tibetans": Talking about health

Chapter 2. "India is the happiest place!" Contextualising Exile

Chapter 3. "If this place doesn't agree with you, wounds and diseases will come"

Chapter 4. From "old-timers" to "newcomers": inequalities in the Diaspora

PART II: THE ROLE OF TRADITIONAL TIBETAN MEDICINE

Chapter 5. The Mentsikhang: Construing Authority

Chapter 6. Humours on trial: the Mentsikhang's dilemmas

Conclusion

Notes

Glossary

References

Index

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