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Nationalizing the Body

Nationalizing the Body

The Medical Market, Print and Daktari Medicine

By Projit Bihari Mukharji

‘Nationalizing the Body’ examines the different meanings of ‘modern medicine’ that were employed in colonial South Asia, and explores the different discourses that were constructed around ‘modernity’.

Hardback, 368 Pages

ISBN:9781843313151

February 2009

£70.00, $115.00

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About This Book

‘Nationalizing the Body’ revisits the history of ‘western’ medicine in colonial South Asia through the lives, writings and practice of the numerous Bengali ‘daktars’ who adopted and practised it. Refusing to see ‘western’ medicine as an alienated appendage of the colonial state, this book explores how ‘western’ medicine was vernacularised. It argues that a burgeoning medical market and a medical publishing industry together gave ‘daktari’ medicine a social identity which did not solely derive from its association with the state. Accessing many of the best-known ideas and episodes of colonial South Asian medical history, it seeks to understand how ‘daktari’ medicine re-positioned the colonized bodies as nationalized bodies.

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Author Information

Projit Bihari Mukharji is a Wellcome Fellow at Oxford Brookes University.

Series

Key Issues in Modern Sociology

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: A Vernacular Modernity; 2. Healers in Context: Forgotten Pioneers; 3. Healing Print: Medicine and the World of Print; 4. Contagious Modernity: Domesticating an Idea; 5. The Plague in the Vernacular: A Hindu Nationalist Diagnosis; 6. Marketing Cholera: The Texts and Contexts of Bengali Responses to Cholera; 7. Dhatu Dourbolyo: Diagnosing the Rhizoid Pathologies of Racial Weakness; 8. Conclusion

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