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Title : Social Aspects of Health, Medicine and Disease in the Colonial and Post-Colonial Era
Author : Henk Menke, Jane Buckingham, Farzana Gounder, Ashutosh Kumar and Maurits S. Hassankhan (Eds.)
Edition : HardBack
ISBN : 9789390035564
Pages : 261
Year of Pub : 2020
Price : Rs 1,395.00
From the 1600s, enslaved people, and after abolition of slavery, indentured labourers were transported to work on plantations in distant European colonies. Inhuman conditions and new pathogens often resulted in disease and death. Central to this book is the encounter between introduced and local understanding of disease and the therapeutic responses in the Caribbean, Indian and Pacific contexts.
European response to diseases, focussed on protecting the white minority. Enslaved labourers from Africa and indentured labourers from India, China and Java provided interpretations and answers to health challenges based on their own cultures and medicinal understanding of
the plants they had brought with them or which they found in the natural habitat of their new homes. Colonizers, enslaved and indentured labourers learned from each other and from the indigenous peoples who were marginalized by the expansion of plantations.
About the Editors
Henk Menke is a dermatologist (retired) and medical historian. He is guest researcher at the Freudenthal Institute (Utrecht University, The Nether­lands), and is currently involved in multidisciplinary leprosy research.
Jane Buckingham is Associate Professor of History at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Her research interests include the history of medicine, health, civil and criminal law and disability.
Farzana Gounder is a linguist and Deputy Head of School (Research) at IPU New Zealand Tertiary Institute. Her current research lies at the intersection of indenture studies and the sociology of health.
Ashutosh Kumar is a historian who has published on Indian indenture, including health and diet on the indenture journey. Currently, he is a fellow at Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi.
Maurits S. Hassankhan is a historian and senior lecturer/researcher at the Anton de Kom University, Suriname. He has organized several inter­national conferences on slavery and indentured labour and diaspora.


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