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:

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This chapter focuses on the political narrative of identity, language representations, and embodied experience in Mexico. It discusses the relation between modernity and urbanization in Mexico and suggests that modernity has also been a hegemonic national project of normative citizenship. It argues that the move to commodify medicine, pluralize health choices, and the turn to natural and alternative medicine translates through this low-income neighborhood as an interpretative struggle between faith and scientific knowledge.

Keywords: identity; language representations; embodied experience; Mexico; modernity; urbanization; alternative medicine; low-income neighborhood; normative citizenship; faith

Chapter.  2656 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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