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Palgrave Macmillan

Ayurveda Made Modern

Political Histories of Indigenous Medicine in North India, 1900-1955

ISBN 9781137315908
Publication Date September 2013
Formats Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series

This book explores the ways in which Ayurveda, the oldest medical tradition of the Indian subcontinent, was transformed from a composite of 'ancient' medical knowledge into a 'modern' medical system, suited to the demands posed by apparatuses of health developed in colonial India. It examines the shift between an entrenched colonial reticence to consider the Indigenous Medical Systems as legitimate scientific medicine, to a growing acceptance of Ayurvedic medicine following the First World War. Locating the moment of transition within the implementation of a dyarchic system of governance in 1919, the book argues that the revamping of the 'Medical Services' into an important new category of regional governance ushered in an era of health planning that considered curative and preventative medicine as key components of the 'health' of the population. As such, it illuminates the way in which conceptions of power, authority and agency were newly configured and consolidated as politics were revamped in the late colonial India.

Rachel Berger is Associate Professor of Modern South Asian History at Concordia University, Canada.

Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction: Ayurveda in Motion
1. Historicising Ayurveda: Genealogies of the Biomoral
2. Situating Ayurveda in Modernity, 1900-1919
3. Embodying Consumption: Representing Indigeneity in Popular Culture, 1910-1940
4. Ayurveda's Dyarchic Moment, 1920-1935
5. Planning through Development: Institutions, Population, and the Limits of Belonging
6. Reframing Indigeneity: Ayurveda, Independence and the Health of the Future
Conclusion: Ayurveda's Indian Modernities


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