ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Bio-medicalisation and Gandhi's Vision of Health

Observations from Sevagram

Modern medicine has created a dichotomy: modern medicine on the one hand, and alternative systems on the other. This paper views this dichotomy and liminality in the context of Gandhi's vision of health. It delineates the elements and structural coordinates of this alternative healthcare system, and tries to understand how, over time, a synthesis has occurred between the epistemologies of Nature Cure and Modern Medicine. It also looks at how Gandhi's vision of health has undergone a change at two levels, that of "space" and structural relations. This paper also tries to understand how the archaeology of discourse and medical perception evolves, changes and coexists under the canvas of larger political-economic situations.

The contribution made by Munnalal Gupta, Department of Diaspora Studies, Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya, Wardha, Maharashtra during fieldwork in Sevagram is duly acknowledged. We are also thankful to the anonymous reviewer for the valuable comments on a previous version of this article.

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