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Refugee Medicine: <i>Attracting and Deflecting the Gaze</i>

Aihwa Ong

in Buddha Is Hiding

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780520229983
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937161 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520229983.003.0005
Refugee Medicine: Attracting and Deflecting the Gaze

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This chapter focuses on refugee medicine and views it as a disciplinary scheme for producing both good patients and good citizens. It begins by examining how immigration authorities treated the diseased and political bodies of Cambodian refugees allowed into the United States. It then introduces the problem of Southeast Asian mental health. The next section looks at a series of clinic encounters where health workers and refugees are shown to be involved in subtle and overt struggles over patient objectives, medical and therapeutic knowledge, and even cultural beliefs.

Keywords: refugee medicine; immigration authorities; Southeast Asian mental health; Cambodia refugees; immigration authorities; refugee

Chapter.  13898 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Migration Studies

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