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De colonising knowledge: Biomedical beliefs and indigenous medical practice

Moore, R; McClean, Stuart

Authors

R Moore

Dr Stuart McClean Stuart.Mcclean@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor Public Health (Health & Wellbeing)



Abstract

Medical traditions and practices go back to antiquity and are defined by the cultures in which they emerge. We may regard these practices (health care systems) as profoundly personal and ethnocentric, tied to such things as religion and belief systems, kinship structures, local topography, environment and indigenous ethno-pharmacological practices, food and lifestyle. When we come to look at such practices temporally and spatially we see common themes, but also important variations. We also see trends, for example, dominant ideologies that drive and legitimate practice, thereby giving license to practice and defining authenticity. Western modernity emphasizes the notion of ‘science’ (essentially stemming from the European enlightenment) as the legitimating principle underpinning what has come to be called biomedicine. This paper is about what is regarded as ‘authentic’ medicine and considers the juxtaposition of folk medicine (and folk healing) with biomedicine. It will attempt to unpick some critical issues at the heart of the often-abrasive interface between the critical social sciences in medicine and modern Western dominated notions of ‘scientific’ biomedical practice.

Citation

Moore, R., & McClean, S. (2018, March). De colonising knowledge: Biomedical beliefs and indigenous medical practice. Paper presented at Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine(s): History vs. Modernity International Conference, London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, London, England

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine(s): History vs. Modernity International Conference
Conference Location London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, London, England
Start Date Mar 2, 2018
End Date Mar 2, 2018
Acceptance Date Nov 1, 2017
Publication Date Mar 2, 2018
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords complementary and alternative medicine, wellbeing, health beliefs, qualitative methods, UK
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/870863
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine(s): History vs. Modernity International Conference