Medicine, Mobility, and Power in Global Africa

Medicine, Mobility, and Power in Global Africa

Transnational Health and Healing
Edited by Hansjorg Dilger, Abdoulaye Kane and Stacey Langwick
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 10/08/2012
Format: Paperback 10 b&w illustrations
ISBN: 978-0-253-22368-5
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Recent political, social, and economic changes in Africa have provoked radical shifts in the landscape of health and healthcare. Medicine, Mobility, and Power in Global Africa captures the multiple dynamics of a globalized world and its impact on medicine, health, and the delivery of healthcare in Africa--and beyond. Essays by an international group of contributors take on intractable problems such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and insufficient access to healthcare, drugs, resources, hospitals, and technologies. The movements of people and resources described here expose the growing challenges of poverty and public health, but they also show how new opportunities have been created for transforming healthcare and promoting care and healing.

Author Bio

Hansjörg Dilger is a junior professor of social and cultural anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin. He is author of Living with Aids, Illness, Death, and Social Relationships in Africa: An Ethnography (in German).

Abdoulaye Kane is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African Studies at the University of Florida. He is author of Tontines, Solidarity Funds, and Street Bankers: The Universe of Informal Financial Practices in Africa and Among African Immigants in France (in French).

Stacey A. Langwick is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Cornell University. She is author of Bodies, Politics, and African Healing: The Matter of Maladies in Tanzania (IUP, 2011).


“Capturing the dynamics of a globalized world and its impact on healthcare in Africa, this collection of essays from international contributors addresses Africa's troublesome problems such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and the growing challenges of public health. ”

“Focusing on globalization and Africa . . . this volume underscores the interconnectedness and the imbalances during a time of neoliberal reform.”
 — Elisha P. Renne, University of Michigan

“This interesting and timely volume shows how African health issues can no longer be thought of as being sealed within Africa—that transnational flows are fundamentally shaping health practices.”
 — Mark Hunter, University of Toronto Scarborough

“This skillfully edited collection clears a path for further new and exciting work around topics of mobility, transnational health, and global healing.”
 — Bulletin of the History of Medicine

“For medical anthropologists who work in Africa, the Dilger, Kanye, and Langwick volume is almost obligatory, and reading it will likely lead to a pleasant afternoon filled with recognizable names and debates.57.3 Dec. 2014”
 — African Studies Review

“Medicine, Mobility, and Power in Global Africa is an inspiring exploration of medicine’s mobility in the form of twelve ethnographically rich contributions on African healing practices. . . . [T]his volume [is] a unique and promising contribution to the field of medical anthropology.”
 — Africa Spectrum

“Medicine, Mobility and Power in Global Africa is a welcome addition to a growing body of scholarship examining postcolonial medicine, health, and healing in Africa.”
 — Journal of African History

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Table of Contents

Hansjörg Dilger, Abdoulaye Kane, and Stacey A. Langwick Introduction
Part 1. Scale as an Effect of Power
1. The Choreography of Global Subjection: The Traditional Birth Attendant in Contemporary Configurations of World Health Stacey A. Langwick
2. Targeting the Empowered Individual: Transnational Policy-Making, the Global Economy of Aid and the Limitations of ‘Biopower’ in Tanzania Hansjörg Dilger
3. Health Security on the Move. Biobureaucracy, Solidarity and the Transfer of Health Insurance to Senegal Angelika Wolf
4. Afri-global Medicine: New Perspectives on Epidemics, Drugs, Wars, Migrations, and Healing-rituals John Janzen
5. AIDS Policies for Markets and Warriors: Dispossession, Capital, and Pharmaceuticals in Nigeria Kristin Peterson
Part 2. Alternative Forms of Globality
6. Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Mali and Togo: Circulating Knowledge, Mobile Technology, Transnational Efforts Viola Hörbst
7. Flows of Medicine, Healers, Health Professionals, and Patients between Home and Host Countries Abdoulaye Kane
8. Public Health or Public Threat? Polio Eradication Campaigns, Islamic Revival, and the Materialization of State Power in Niger Adeline Masquelier
9. School of Deliverance: Healing, Exorcism and Male Spirit Possession in the Ghanaian Presbyterian Diaspora Adam Mohr
Part 3. Moving through the Gaps
10. It’s Just Like the Internet: Transnational Healing Practices between Somaliland and the Somali Diaspora Marja Tiilikainen
11. Mobility and Connectedness: Chinese Medical Doctors in Kenya Elisabeth Hsu
12. Guinean Migrant Traditional Healers in the Global Market Clara Carvalho

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