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Capturing Quicksilver

by Arielle A. Smith Berghahn Books (May 24, 2018)

Since the turn of the century Singapore has sustained a reputation for both austere governance and cutting-edge biomedical facilities and research. Seeking to emphasize Singapore's capacity for "modern medicine"...


The Land Is Dying: Contingency, Creativity and Conflict in Western Kenya

by Paul Wenzel Geissler & Ruth Jane Prince Berghahn Books (June 01, 2010)

Based on several years of ethnographic fieldwork, the book explores life in and around a Luo-speaking village in western Kenya during a time of death. The epidemic of HIV/AIDS affects every aspect of sociality...


Fortune and the Cursed: The Sliding Scale of Time in Mongolian Divination

by Katherine Swancutt Berghahn Books (June 01, 2012)

Innovation-making is a classic theme in anthropology that reveals how people fine-tune their ontologies, live in the world and conceive of it as they do. This ethnographic study is an entrance into the world...


The Body in Balance: Humoral Medicines in Practice

by Peregrine Horden & Elisabeth Hsu Berghahn Books (August 01, 2013)

Focusing on practice more than theory, this collection offers new perspectives for studying the so-called "humoral medical traditions," as they have flourished around the globe during the last 2,000 years....


Medicine Between Science and Religion: Explorations on Tibetan Grounds

by Vincanne Adams, Mona Schrempf & Sienna R. Craig Berghahn Books (December 01, 2010)

There is a growing interest in studies that document the relationship between science and medicine - as ideas, practices, technologies and outcomes - across cultural, national, geographic terrain. Tibetan medicine...


Conjuring Hope: Healing and Magic in Contemporary Russia

by Galina Lindquist Berghahn Books (December 01, 2005)

Notions of magic and healing have been changing over past years and are now understood as reflecting local ideas of power and agency, as well as structures of self, subjectivity and affect. This study focuses...


Moral Power: The Magic of Witchcraft

by Koen Stroeken Berghahn Books (July 01, 2010)

Neither power nor morality but both. Moral power is what Sukuma farmers in Tanzania in times of crisis attribute to an unknown figure they call their witch. A universal process is involved, as much bodily as...


Morality, Hope and Grief: Anthropologies of AIDS in Africa

by Hansjörg Dilger & Ute Luig Berghahn Books (May 01, 2010)

The HIV/AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa has been addressed and perceived predominantly through the broad perspectives of social and economic theories as well as public health and development discourses....