How the Body Speaks

Veena Das and Ranendra K. Das

in Subjectivity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780520247925
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939639 | DOI:
How the Body Speaks

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This chapter studies how illness experiences are a relational testing ground and life experiment for the urban poor in New Delhi, distinguishing differing medical practices, expertise, and practitioners, and identifying the ways illness categories emerge through medical interactions and local family dynamics. It goes beyond governmental institutions, to show the personal and domestic grounds of the state and medicine. The chapter also connects the materiality of social conditions and the firm experience of illness in the family and clinic to the symbolic side of sickness.

Keywords: illness experiences; urban poor; medical practices; illness categories; medical interactions; family dynamics; social conditions; materiality

Chapter.  14364 words. 

Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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