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Titolo:
Injections and the fear of death: an essay on the limits of biomedicine among the Dagomba of northern Ghana
Autore:
Bieslich, B;
Indirizzi:
Univ Copenhagen, Ctr African Studies, DK-1150 Copenhagen K, Denmark Univ Copenhagen Copenhagen Denmark K dies, DK-1150 Copenhagen K, Denmark
Titolo Testata:
SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE
fascicolo: 5, volume: 50, anno: 2000,
pagine: 703 - 713
SICI:
0277-9536(200003)50:5<703:IATFOD>2.0.ZU;2-H
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Keywords:
injections; ambivalence; history; ethnography; public health; Ghana;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Citazioni:
30
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Bieslich, B Univ Copenhagen, Ctr African Studies, Koebmagergade 464, DK-1150 Copenhagen K, Denmark Univ Copenhagen Koebmagergade 464 Copenhagen Denmark K enmark
Citazione:
B. Bieslich, "Injections and the fear of death: an essay on the limits of biomedicine among the Dagomba of northern Ghana", SOCIAL SC M, 50(5), 2000, pp. 703-713

Abstract

This article offers a cultural ("indigenous") explanation of why people intheir quest for therapy sometimes reject biomedicine. The argument is thatin the current debate over the power of biomedicine, there is a lack of scrutiny of its "failures", i.e. of why people occasionally refuse to accept the offers of biomedicine and its most powerful therapy, injection-therapy. After introducing the problem, the:he relevant literature and the methods used, the article proceeds by first using historical material regarding vaccination campaigns and the treatment of endemic diseases in Ghana and comparative data from elsewhere in Africa to show that people may be ambivalent and have a mixed view of the power of biomedicine. In the context of their experiences, people (possibly, in particular, older ones) have come to knowboth the (early) failures as well as the successes of injection-therapy. Turning to the ethnographic present (1990-1997) the record of Dagomba notions of health and illness as well as two cases are analyzed to define this ambiguity also among younger members of Dagomba culture. Thus, the article oscillates between ethnography and history to define people's ambivalence andthe conflict between biomedicine and local understandings. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

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