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- DescriptionPlants have cultural histories, as their applications change over time and with place. Some plant species have affected human cultures in profound ways, such as the stimulants tea and coffee from the Old World, or coca and quinine from South America. Even though medicinal plants have always attracted considerable attention, there is surprisingly little research on the interface of ethbotany and medical anthropology. This volume, which brings together (eth-)botanists, medical anthropologists and a clinician, makes an important contribution towards filling this gap. It emphasises that plant kwledge arises situationally as an intrinsic part of social relationships, that herbs need to be enticed if t seduced by the healers who work with them, that herbal remedies are cultural artefacts, and that bioprospecting and medicinal plant discovery can be viewed as the epitome of a long history of borrowing, stealing and exchanging plants. Elisabeth Hsu is Reader in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford, where she has convened its master's courses in medical anthropology since 2001. Based on her earlier studies in biology (botany), linguistics and silogy, she has published widely on the history and anthropology of Chinese medicine. Stephen Harris was awarded a Ph.D. in plant systematics from the University of St. Andrews in 1990. He has been the Druce Curator of Oxford University Herbaria since 1995 and has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers on genetics and systematics associated with the evolutionary consequences of plant-human interactions.
- Author BiographyElisabeth Hsu is University Lecturer in Medical Anthropology at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford. She has a Ph.D. Cantab in Social Anthropology on The Transmission of Chinese MedicineA (published with CUP in 1999). She is joint series editor of Epistemologies of HealingA and currently on the editorial board of the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Stephen Harris was awarded a Ph.D. in plant systematics from the University of St. Andrews in 1990. He has been the Druce Curator of Oxford University Herbaria since 1995 and has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers in genetics and systematics, associated with the evolutionary consequences of plant-human interactions.
- PublisherBerghahn Books
- Date of Publication20/05/2010
- SubjectSocial Sciences: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleEpistemologies of Healing
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 6
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBerghahn Books
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight610 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Edited byElisabeth Hsu,Stephen Harris
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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