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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Jan 22, 2018
 
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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ANTHR 7682 - Healing and Medicine in Africa

(crosslisted) ASRC 7682 , BSOC 7682  
     
Spring. 4 credits. Letter grades only.

Enrollment limited to: graduate students. Co-meets with ANTHR 4682 /ASRC 4682 /BSOC 4682 .

S. Langwick.

Healing and medicine are simultaneously individual and political, biological and cultural. In this class, we will study the expansion of biomedicine in Africa, the continuities and changes embodied in traditional medicine, and the relationship between medicine, science and law. We will explore the questions African therapeutics poses about the intimate ways that power works on and through bodies. Our readings will frame current debates around colonial and postcolonial forms of governance through medicine, the contradictions of humanitarianism and the health “crisis” in Africa, and the rise of new forms of “therapeutic citizenship.” We will examine the ways in which Africa is central to the biopolitics of the contemporary global order.



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