Culture, Health and Development in South Asia
Arsenic Poisoning in Bangladesh
«<p>'This book carries a timely intervention into biomedical discourses about arsenicosis, billed as a long-standing national health disaster in Bangladesh. Relying on ethnographic work the author privileges patients' perspectives by documenting how the biomedical reality of arsenicosis has been vernacularized as <i>ghaa</i> in practice. The turn to alternative healing to manage <i>ghaa</i> suggests strongly both the therapeutic and cultural limits of biomedicine. The book carries insights about the need for community ownership and engagement in order to imagine sustainable and viable solutions to the problem of arsenic poisoning. I would unhesitatingly recommend this as a ‘must read’ book for medical anthropology students and scholars as well as health practitioners and policy makers.'</p> <p>Vineeta Sinha, National University of Singapore, Singapore</p>»
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Drawing upon ethnographic research in rural Southwestern Bangladesh, this book discusses arsenic contamination and its resultant health impact from a medical anthropological and anthropology of development perspectives. It examines how the actual patients perceive, explain, manage and respond to this catastrophic public health outbreak, and goes on to analyse how such lay perceptions shape health-seeking behaviour of subjects in a medically plural context. To make the issue more holistic, this book further examines mitigation strategies and community participation in these projects.
Challenging approaches to development and development project management, the book is of interest to policy makers, practitioners and academics working in the field of development studies, South Asian studies, medical anthropology, anthropology and sociology of development.
Format: 23 x 16 cm
- Sosial- og kulturhistorie
- Personlig helse og folkehelse / helseopplysning
- Utviklingsøkonomi og vekstøkonomier
- Etniske studier
- Sosiale og etiske spørsmål