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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 21A.460J (Spring 2005) 
  • Course Title:
  • Medicine, Religion and Politics in Africa and the African Diaspora 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Anthropology 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Erica James 
  • Course Introduction:
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  • 21A.460J / SP.620J / WGS.620J Medicine, Religion and Politics in Africa and the African Diaspora



    Spring 2005




    Course Highlights


    This course features extensive lecture notes.


    Course Description


    This course provides an exploration of colonial and postcolonial clashes between theories of healing and embodiment in the African world and those of western bio-medicine. It examines how Afro-Atlantic religious traditions have challenged western conceptions of illness, healing, and the body and have also offered alternative notions of morality, rationality, kinship, gender, and sexuality. It also analyzes whether contemporary western bio-medical interventions reinforce colonial or imperial power in the effort to promote global health in Africa and the African diaspora.
     

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