Can Biomedicine be Considered as an Alternative Healing? Engaging with the Ideas of Gregory Maskarinec

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https://doi.org/10.3126/dsaj.v17i02.55719

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alternative healing, biomedicine, shamanism

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In constant interactions with the select contributions of late Gregory Masakarinec, this paper analyzes the practices of shamanism as he had portrayed, mainly through his writings. While engaging with his ideas and portrayal, I will relentlessly engage with other relevant literature from different genre of medical anthropology which have dealt with health, illness and healing practices. Questioning the hegemonic presence of biomedicine in the field of health care, this article shows that even biomedicine can be considered as an alternative healing practice in typical social and cultural context of healing.

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Kapil Babu Dahal, Cenntral Department of Anthropology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Kapil Babu Dahal, (https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9974-694X) is a Medical Anthropologist and holds PhD from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. Currently, Dr. Dahal is Lecturer in Anthropology at the Central Department of Anthropology, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal. His contributions, in various ethnographic/qualitative research and subsequent publications, mainly in leading capacity, range in the areas of health, development, gender and the intersectionality of them.

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2023-06-13

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Dahal, K. B. (2023). Can Biomedicine be Considered as an Alternative Healing? Engaging with the Ideas of Gregory Maskarinec. Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, 17(02), 21–25. https://doi.org/10.3126/dsaj.v17i02.55719

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