Ayurveda Made Modern

Ayurveda Made Modern

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This book explores the ways in which Ayurveda, the oldest medical tradition of the Indian subcontinent, was transformed from a composite of 'ancient' medical knowledge into a 'modern' medical system, suited to the demands posed by apparatuses of health developed in colonial India. It examines the shift between an entrenched colonial reticence to consider the Indigenous Medical Systems as legitimate scientific medicine, to a growing acceptance of Ayurvedic medicine following the First World War. Locating the moment of transition within the implementation of a dyarchic system of governance in 1919, the book argues that the revamping of the 'Medical Services' into an important new category of regional governance ushered in an era of health planning that considered curative and preventative medicine as key components of the 'health' of the population. As such, it illuminates the way in which conceptions of power, authority and agency were newly configured and consolidated as politics were revamped in the late colonial India.... in which this book pays little notice to these substantial changes and instead uses Ayurveda to ask other questions. ... Searching for deeper answers about the contemporary context of Indian health politics, I spent my early years of ... and sexuality to ideologies of health, first in the secondary literature and later on in Hindi primary source material. ... A funny thing happened, though, as I poured through those health manuals and identified the shape and form of popular discourse.

Title:Ayurveda Made Modern
Author:Rachel Berger
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2013-09-16


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