Harish Naraindas

Harish Naraindas
Jawaharlal Nehru University | JNU · Centre for the Study of Social Systems

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Introduction
Harish Naraindas currently works at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University. His most recent publication is 'Of sacraments, sacramentals and anthropology: is anthropological explanation sacramental?'.

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In this volume, prominent anthropologists, public health physicians, and psychiatrists respond sympathetically but critically to the Movement for Global Mental Health (MGMH), which seeks to export psychiatry throughout the world. They question some of its fundamental assumptions: the idea that "mental disorders" can clearly be identified; that they...
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In this volume, prominent anthropologists, public health physicians, and psychiatrists respond sympathetically but critically to the Movement for Global Mental Health (MGMH), which seeks to export psychiatry throughout the world. They question some of its fundamental assumptions: the idea that "mental disorders" can clearly be identified; that they...
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This paper suggests that what is usually called a cultural misunderstanding of biomedical disease categories may be construed as a biomedical and anthropological misunderstanding of cultural categories. This is premised on the fact that anthropology often functions as an intimate double and handmaiden of biomedicine, in so far as it refuses to coun...
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This volume on medical tourism includes contributions by anthropologists and historians on a variety of health-seeking modes of travel and leisure. It brings together analyses of recent trends of "medical tourism", such as underinsured middle-class Americans traveling to India for surgery, pious Middle Eastern couples seeking assisted reproduction...
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This paper examines the twin German institutions of the Kur (spa), and the 'lay' licensed healing practitioner or Heilpraktiker. Through an ethno- graphy of a Heilpraktiker and his Ayurvedic spa in a small catholic village in Germany, where patients arrive in person or as body parts by post, it examines the poly-therapeutics of the practitioner, wh...
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This paper suggests that post-disaster assistance in the Global South is a version of "slum development" on a compressed scale in terms of time and an expanded one in terms of resources. The index of this is the slogan "build back better." It implies that communities affected by a disaster are a priori a dilapidated lot, and disasters like the 2004...
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This is an essay on the formulary logic of contemporary ayurvedic drugs. It suggests that there are three different ways of conceiving this logic: the biomedical formulary, the polyherbal formulary of the West, and the ayurvedic formulary. The ayurvedic formulary has a long history of endogenous innovation. Its epistemic logic is best understood th...
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Ideas about health are reinforced by institutions and their corresponding practices, such as donning a patient's gown in a hospital or prostrating before a healing shrine. Even though we are socialized into regarding such ideologies as "natural" and unproblematic, we sometimes seek to bypass, circumvent, or even transcend the dominant ideologies of...
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This paper examines the twin German institutions of the Kur (spa), and the 'lay' licensed healing practitioner or Heilpraktiker. Through an ethnography of a Heilpraktiker and his Ayurvedic spa in a small catholic village in Germany, where patients arrive in person or as body parts by post, it examines the poly-therapeutics of the practitioner, who...
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In this paper I address the question of appropriation by examining the diversity of medical practices in Germany by looking at their institutions of the Kur and the Heilpraktiker and their panoply of therapeutic practices. I do this by describing the poly-therapeutics of a Heilpraktiker in an Ayurvedic spa in an attempt to argue that the panoply, h...
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In this paper I address the question of appropriation by examining the diversity of medical practices in Germany by looking at their institutions of the Kur and the Heilpraktiker and their panoply of therapeutic practices. I do this by describing the poly-therapeutics of a Heilpraktiker in an Ayurvedic spa in an attempt to argue that the panoply, h...
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In a country of more than one billion people, with 20 odd principal languages, about 225 dialects, and at least two principal religions, it is difficult to say anything about a phenomenon like childbirth that would hold true for the different regions and peoples of India. But what can be said is that about 65% of the births are at home in oppositio...
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The basic premise of the paper is that Western medicine's co-opting of specific technologies and materials from other (indigenous) medical traditions, stripped of the original theories underlying their use, has problematic consequences for the practitioners and patients of both source and recipient traditions. The paper begins by illustrating the h...
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This paper attempts to problematise the founding of 'Tropical Medicine' in the late 19th century as a classificatory act by posing a question: why was the discipline founded when it was and not earlier? In the process, it offers an alternate genealogy of its advent by arguing for a mid-19th century episteme, in terms of fevers, the constitution of...

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