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Veena Das

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823261802

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823261802.001.0001

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Medicines, Markets, and Healing

Medicines, Markets, and Healing

(p.159) Six Medicines, Markets, and Healing

Veena Das

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines the way that healers with different kinds of training, including apprenticeship, view their craft, their understanding of the kind of work they do, and their relation to money and to sundry other practices. Focusing on practitioners in the private sector who have set up shop in Delhi's low-income neighborhoods, it highlights several oppositions—between what is normal and what is critical; between medicine and poison; between the rhythms of the world and those of the disease in one's body; between slowness and speed; between gift and commodity—which unfold in these narratives of illness and healing. It considers how money, gifts, and other material embodiments of transactions, in which the human body is the temporary habitat for uncanny forces, function as reminders of the fragility of the real.

Keywords:   healers, training, apprenticeship, money, Delhi, medicine, disease, illness, healing, gifts

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