Introduction: Prisms of Belonging and Alternative Modernities

Valentina Napolitano

in Migration, Mujercitas, and Medicine Men

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780520233188
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928473 | DOI:
Introduction: Prisms of Belonging and Alternative Modernities

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This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the relationship between migration, religion, medicine, gender identity, the dynamics of belonging, and everyday life in urban Mexico. It aims to convey an emerging anthropological particularity through an ordinary urban place rather than assume its particularity prior to the ethnographic engagement. It proposes an anthropological theory that questions what is ordinary and explores the relation between the ordinary and the exotic.

Keywords: migration; religion; medicine; gender identity; everyday life; urban Mexico; urban place; anthropological theory

Chapter.  6326 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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