Health, Culture and Religion in South Asia brings together top international scholars from a range of social science disciplines to critically explore the interplay of local cultural and religious practices in the delivery and experiences of health in South Asia. This groundbreaking text provides much needed insight into the relationships between health, culture, community, livelihood, and the nation-state, and in particular, the recent struggles of disadvantaged groups to gain access to health care in South Asia.
The book brings together anthropologists, sociologists, economists, health researchers and development specialists to provide the reader with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of South Asian health and a comprehensive understanding of cutting edge research in this area. Addressing key issues affecting a range of geographical areas including India, Nepal and Pakistan, this text will be essential reading for students and researchers interested in Asian Studies and for those interested in gaining a better understanding of health in developing countries.
This book was published as a special issue of South Asian History and Culture.
Section 1: South Asian health in context
1: Class in the Clinic: The performativity of class in encounters between health professionals and rural poor women Kalpana Ram (Head of Anthropology, Macquarie University, Australia)
2: Health care and gender-segregation in Pakistani Islamist discourse Shakira Hussein (Research School of Social Science, Australian National University)
3: Public-private intersections: an exploration of health-care, class and pregnancy in Chennai, South India Victoria Loblay (School of Social Science, Macquarie University)
4: Purity, pollution and wellbeing amongst the boatmen of Banaras, India Assa Doron (Research Fellow, College of Asia & the Pacific, Australian National University)
Section 2: Public health and private illness
5: Fertility decisions of rural Indian households: The role of religion Raghbendra Jha (College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University)
6: HIV and gurus: a new health initiative in India Nalin Mehta (UN Health, New Delhi, India)
7: Natural disasters and health issues: A case study of the Gujarat Earthquake Venkatachalam Thiruppugazh (College of Asia & the Pacific, Australian National University)
8: Injecting drug use and HIV in Manipur and Nagaland: The problems and responses in a complex environment Peter Deutschmann (Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne, Australia)
Section 3: Traditional healing and local knowledge
9: Reproductive health, kinship and healing in North India Maya Unnithan (Reader, Department of Anthropology, University of Sussex, United Kingdom)
10: Inter-professional conflict and strategic alliance between traditional healers and oncologists in Pakistan Alex Broom (Lecturer in Sociology, CAPSTRANS, University of Newcastle, Australia)
11: The practice and meanings of traditional healing in Nepal Asha Lal Tamang and Dr Alex Broom (CAPSTRANS, University of Newcastle, Australia)
12: Future agendas in South Asian health research Assa Doron and Dr Alex Broom