9-28 - First lecture after first exam

9-28 - First lecture after first exam - Anth 147...

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Anth 147 – 9/28/10 Colonialism and Medicine Medicine advances = progress? Consequences of biomedicine for native communities depends on the process and context of its introduction We cannot assume it is always a moral good. Colonialism – a system of political, economic and cultural combination by powerful countries of (militarily) weaker regions of the world. Political domination occurs because the natives are treated as subjects rather than citizens. They do not have the same rights. Economic domination occurs because the dominating regime extracts the wealth physically, or via labor power forcing ppl into slavery, or taking over land. Cultural domination occurs when the dominating people change the natives way of thinking and acting. Medicine integrated into colonial projects to change indigenous societies in 3 ways via 2 different groups – sometimes opposed and sometimes worked together (with the ideal that medicine is carrying enlightenment). Gov’t officials of colonial regime instituted health clinics and biomedicine
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