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Debility and the Moral Imagination in Botswana : African Systems of Thought - Julie Livingston

Debility and the Moral Imagination in Botswana

African Systems of Thought

Paperback Published: 20th October 2005
ISBN: 9780253217851
Number Of Pages: 328

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In the rush to development in Botswana, and Africa more generally, changes in work, diet, and medical care have resulted in escalating experiences of chronic illness, debilitating disease, and accident. Debility and the Moral Imagination in Botswana documents how transformations wrought by colonialism, independence, industrialization, and development have effected changes in bodily life and perceptions of health, illness, and debility. In this intimate and powerful book, Julie Livingston explores the lives of debilitated persons, their caregivers, the medical and social networks of caring, and methods that communities have adopted for promoting well-being. Livingston traces how Tswana medical thought and practice have become intertwined with Western bio-medical ideas and techniques. By focusing on experiences and meanings of illness and bodily misfortune, Livingston sheds light on the complexities of the current HIV/AIDS epidemic and places it in context with a long and complex history of impairment and debility. This book presents practical and thoughtful responses to physical misfortune and offers an understanding of the complex dynamic between social change and suffering.

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. . . an important milestone . . . .June 5, 2009--Sheridan Griswold "Correspondent "

Introduction : themes and orientationp. 1
Family matters and money mattersp. 26
Public health and developing personsp. 64
Male migration and the pluralization of medicinep. 107
Increasing autonomy, entangled therapeutics, and hidden wombsp. 142
Postcolonial development and constrained carep. 196
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ISBN: 9780253217851
ISBN-10: 0253217857
Series: African Systems of Thought
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 20th October 2005
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.49  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.45

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