Concept paper

MMG Working Paper 12-11 ● ISSN 2192-2357
Medical knowledge, therapeutic practice
and processes of diversification
Kristine Krause / Gabriele Alex / David Parkin

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This paper outlines the research interests of the Medical Diversity Working Group within the Department of Socio-Cultural Diversity at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen.

The working group brings together scholars working on medical knowledge, therapeutic practices and diversification. While the group is in its early stages of development, we have identified three fields of inquiry that we outline in this paper.

 

Authors

Kristine Krause is Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity Goettingen.

Gabriele Alex is Professor for/of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Tuebingen and Senior Research Partner of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity Goettingen.

David Parkin is Professor Emeritus of Social Anthropology and Fellow of All Souls, University of Oxford and Senior Research Partner of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity Goettingen.

Keywords

diversity and health, medical anthropology medical pluralism, health and migration, health and syncretism

Contents:

1.   Health institutions and socio-cultural diversity
1.1 Intersectionality, super-diversity and health care

2.   Medical knowledge produces and establishes diversity

3.   Medical Pluralism and diversity within biomedicine
3.1 Medical pluralism
3.2 From thinking in systems to thinking about latticed practices and
      multiple bodies
3.3 Multiple enactments of biomedical knowledge

Conclusion