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Contesting Colonial Authority: Medicine and Indigenous Responses in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century India
     

Contesting Colonial Authority: Medicine and Indigenous Responses in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century India

by Poonam Bala, Madhulika Banerjee, Cristiana Bastos, Shrimoy Roy Chaudhary, Shamshad Khan
 

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Poonam Bala’s Contesting Colonial Authority explores the interplay of conformity and defiance amongst the plural medical tradition in colonial India. The contributors reveal how Indian elites, nationalists, and the rest of the Indian population participated in the move to revisit and frame a new social character of Indian Medicine. Viewed in the light of the

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Poonam Bala’s Contesting Colonial Authority explores the interplay of conformity and defiance amongst the plural medical tradition in colonial India. The contributors reveal how Indian elites, nationalists, and the rest of the Indian population participated in the move to revisit and frame a new social character of Indian Medicine. Viewed in the light of the cultural, nationalistic, social, literary and scientific essentials, Contesting Colonial Authority highlights various indigenous interpretations and mechanisms through which Indian sciences and medicine were projected against the cultural background of a rich medical tradition.

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Tim Allender
A masterly set of international essays that richly explore, at different sub-continental colonial sites, the neglected paradigm of medicine to exemplify the nature of knowledge transfer, with all of its filigreed cultural and socio-political implications. A must read for those interested in reconfiguring assessments of the colonial relationship.
K. R. Nayar
This edited collection represents scholastically rich contextual history of the encounters between civilizations and their artifacts such as medical systems.
Isis
The dynamics of the alternative medical models issuing from the complex colonial encounters are more clearly perceived through case studies as diverse as the ones included in this volume, which comprehends lesser-known colonial contexts. . . .Furthermore, it summarizes discussions developed by its contributors in other works, showing in a clear and interesting way the dynamics of the authoritative models in the making but also the permanent challenges they faced.
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
This edited collection. . . .will appeal to students and researchers seeking to explore the various contours of the history of colonial medical contestations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739170243
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
04/12/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
186
File size:
641 KB

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K.R. Nayar
This edited collection represents scholastically rich contextual history of the encounters between civilizations and their artifacts such as medical systems.
Tim Allender
A masterly set of international essays that richly explore, at different sub-continental colonial sites, the neglected paradigm of medicine to exemplify the nature of knowledge transfer, with all of its filigreed cultural and socio-political implications. A must read for those interested in reconfiguring assessments of the colonial relationship.

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Poonam Bala is currently visiting scholar in the Department of Sociology at Cleveland State University, Ohio.

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