Tag: healing

Curative Cuisines of Cambodia

Editor’s Note: We recently published the winners of our first annual SAFN photo contest. There are, of course, interesting stories and research projects tied to the photos, which…

Making, Holding, and Guarding as Spatial Politics of Healing

“I wouldn’t want anyone to get attached to a space. But if, for the sake of an example, there is going to be a space, then it needs…

Is Drumming Better than Prozac? An Anthropological Reflection

Upon This Break, I Build My House

[pquote]There is a way that we exist among ourselves, nestled securely into our knowing, oyster knives in hand. [/pquote]I have a quite uncomfortable visceral reaction when I am…

Thinking with spirits by Kristine Krause

During my first visit to Ghana in 1998, I was involved in a research project that looked at possible co-operations between healers and psychiatric clinics. I stayed in…

Book Forum: Larisa Jašarević’s Health and Wealth on the Bosnian Market by Larisa Kurtović

  In Health and Wealth on the Bosnian Market: An Intimate Debt, Larisa Jašarević explores the mutual entanglement between the economy, living body and the good life in…

The Impossibility of the Inert: Placebo and the Essence of Healing by Thomas J. Csordas

The concept of placebo is predicated on the opposition between active and inert, deploying this opposition to assert that an action or substance with no inherent active principle…

Medical anthropology, relatedness, and analytical cannibalism

Despite Hiedegger’s revolutionary claim that it is not possible to escape existence and find a view of the world from nowhere,we continue to divide anthropology into neat subfields— defined typi…

From the Amazon to Australia: A Dumontian analysis of ayahuasca healing

The psychoactive beverage ayahuasca is used differently in Australia compared to in its homeland of indigenous Amazonia. The simplicity of this statement is haunted by an immense complexity. The…

Insects of healing and malady in Australian ayahuasca visions

  Yesterday I took my copy of William James’ Varieties off the shelf to read more about his notion of radical empiricism and shortly after placing it on…