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Health, Illness and Medicine: Ethnographic Readings
Arima Mishra (Ed.)
Price : ₹ 1225.00  
ISBN : 9788125039785
Language : English
Pages : 332
Binding : Hardback
Book Size : 140 x 216 mm
Year : 2010
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Territorial Rights : World
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About the Book

Health, Illness and Medicine brings together a collection of writings in the sociology of medicine by eminent sociologists and anthropologists. It attempts to understand the existing and future potential of this sub-discipline in the Indian context and beyond. In doing so, the contributors engage with a range of debates on illness, health care and health policies. Commemorating Aneeta Minocha’s unparalleled contribution to medical sociology in India, this study revolves around two major concerns: the position of medical sociology in sociology, and the interface of sociology with medicine and public health. Reflecting on the current debates in the field of sociology of health and illness, this volume explores a wide range of issues—medical pluralism, public health discourses on risk and prevention, family planning practices, efforts at combating tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, organ transplantation, the relationship between illness and cultural practices, and illness narratives. The book is unique in that it brings together research studies that are theoretically informed and ethnographically grounded.

Table of Contents


Arima Mishra
1. Medical Pluralism in India: The Interface of Complementary and Alternative Therapies with Allopathy
Ruby Bhardwaj
2. Intervertebral Disc Prolapse: A Personal Encounter with Biomedicine
Suhita Chopra Chatterjee
3. Deconstructing ‘Self-care’ in Biomedical and Public Health Discourses
Arima Mishra
4. Secondary Gains from Cross-Cultural Health Encounters: Stories from a Somali Clinic in the United States
Ritika Ganguly
5. The Fit between Traditional Fertility and Sterilisation: A Study of Negotiations in Rural India
Tulsi Patel
6. Situating Declining Sex Ratio: Evidence from North India
Reema Bhatia
7. Lay Perceptions of Tuberculosis: A Study in Delhi
Shilpa Khatri
8. Narrator and Narrative: Understanding Scientific Realism of Chronic Diseases in the Field
Avanish Kumar and Meerambika Mahapatro
9. Community-Based Organisations in Policy and Practice: Sex Workers, HIV/ AIDS and the Social Construction of Solutions
Flora Cornish, Riddhi Banerji and Anuprita Shukla
10. A Paradigm for Well-Being: The Social Construction of Health in Rural Sri Lanka
Chandani Liyange
11. The Role of Family in Organ Transplantation
Shikha Batra

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Contributors (Author(s), Editor(s), Translator(s), Illustrator(s) etc.)

Arima Mishra teaches in the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. Examining a wide range of issues on the lay discourse on heart diseases, critically looking at notions of risk, lifestyle and prevention, efficacy of alternative medicine and healings systems, she is actively engaged in research studies of medical sociology for a decade. Names of Contributors: Riddhi Banerji, Sikha Batra, Ruby Bhardwaj, Reema Bhatia, Suhita Chopra Chatterjee, Flora Cornish, Ritika Ganguly, Shilpa Khatri, Avanish Kumar, Chandani Liyanage, Arima Mishra, Meerambika Mahapatro, Tulsi Patel and Anuprita Shukla. Foreword written by Professor A. M. Shah and Preface written by Professor Rajni Palriwala.