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Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series

Healers and Empires in Global History

Healing as Hybrid and Contested Knowledge

Editors: Hokkanen, Markku, Kananoja, Kalle (Eds.)

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  • Explores how the hybridisation of medicine and the challenges between different forms of healing are recurrent features in the world’s medical cultures
  • Chapters cover understudied regions in the history of medicine, including the Arctic, Africa, the Caribbean, the Soviet Union and the Americas
  • Focuses on indigenous healers and examines how medical knowledge and materials were contested in various cultural settings
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This book explores cross-cultural medical encounters involving non-Western healers in a variety of imperial contexts from the Arctic, Asia, Africa, Americas and the Caribbean. It highlights contests over healing, knowledge and medicines through the frameworks of hybridisation and pluralism. The intertwined histories of medicine, empire and early globalisation influenced the ways in which millions of people encountered and experienced suffering, healing and death. In an increasingly global search for therapeutics and localised definition of acceptable healing, networks and mobilities played key roles. Healers’ engagements with politics, law and religion underline the close connections between healing, power and authority. They also reveal the agency of healers, sufferers and local societies, in encounters with modernising imperial states, medical science and commercialisation. The book questions and complements the traditional narratives of triumphant biomedicine, reminding readers that ‘traditional’ medical cultures and practitioners did not often disappear, but rather underwent major changes in the increasingly interconnected world. 

About the authors

Markku Hokkanen is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History, University of Oulu, Finland. His previous publications include the monograph Medicine, Mobility and the Empire: Nyasaland Networks, 1859-1960 (2017) and the co-edited collection Encountering Crises of the Mind: Madness, Culture and Society, 1200s-1900s (2018). 

Kalle Kananoja is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He has published articles on precolonial Atlantic African and colonial Brazilian history.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Healers and Empires in Global History: Healing as Hybrid and Contested Knowledge

    Hokkanen, Markku (et al.)

    Pages 1-26

  • Traditional Arctic Healing and Medicines of Modernisation in Finnish and Swedish Lapland

    Kylli, Ritva

    Pages 27-53

  • Reports on Encounters of Medical Cultures: Two Physicians in Sweden’s Medical and Colonial Connections in the Late Eighteenth Century

    Kontturi, Saara-Maija

    Pages 55-79

  • Tibetan Medicine and Buddhism in the Soviet Union: Research, Repression, and Revival, 1922–1991

    Sablin, Ivan

    Pages 81-114

  • Contestation, Redefinition and Healers’ Tactics in Colonial Southern Africa

    Hokkanen, Markku

    Pages 115-148

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eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-15491-2
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-15490-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Healers and Empires in Global History
Book Subtitle
Healing as Hybrid and Contested Knowledge
Editors
  • Markku Hokkanen
  • Kalle Kananoja
Series Title
Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-15491-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-15491-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-15490-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 279
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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