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Bodies, politics, and African healing : the matter of maladies in Tanzania

Author: Stacey Ann Langwick
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This subtle and powerful ethnography examines African healing and its relationship to medical science. Stacey A. Langwick investigates the practices of healers in Tanzania who confront the most intractable illnesses in the region, including AIDS and malaria. She reveals how healers generate new therapies and shape the bodies of their patients as they address devils and parasites, anti-witchcraft medicine, and child  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stacey Ann Langwick
ISBN: 9780253355270 0253355273 9780253222459 0253222451
OCLC Number: 682072155
Description: xiii, 300 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: A short genealogy of traditional medicine --
Witchcraft, oracles, and native medicine --
Making Tanzanian traditional medicine --
Hailing traditional experts --
Healers and their intimate becomings --
Traditional birth attendants as institutional evocations --
Healing matters --
Alternative materialities --
Interferences and inclusions --
Shifting existences, or being and not-being.
Responsibility: Stacey A. Langwick.

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