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Conversations Connecting "Bodies"

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  • 身体をつなぐ会話
  • 身体をつなぐ会話 : 現代ネパールの糖尿病クリニックを事例に
  • シンタイ オ ツナグ カイワ : ゲンダイ ネパール ノ トウニョウビョウ クリニック オ ジレイ ニ
  • in a Diabetes Clinic in Contemporary Nepal
  • 現代ネパールの糖尿病クリニックを事例に

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<p>The purpose of this paper is to elucidate how patients, families, and doctors associate bodily disorders with establishing relationships at a modern medicine clinic in contemporary Nepal.</p> <p>Since the 1950's, Nepal has advanced a modern medical policy based on the intention of international donors. However, those policies and projects only had an indirect and partial effect, both locally and temporally. Since the late 1990's, many modern medical practices in the country, including clinical and educational ones, expanded under the leadership of the private sector, a trend that has continued to accelerate from the late 2000's to the present. However, the Nepali government has not been able to manage and regulate such rapidly increasing modern medical facilities. As a result, the facilities have varying quality and size, with medical expenses rising.</p> <p>Thus, the influence of modern medicine in Nepal has only been rapidly expanding in a neo-liberal socioeconomic situation for a short period of time, meaning that scant anthropological and sociological studies have analyzed the situation. To elucidate Nepal's modern medicine situation, this paper analyzes several cases in a modern clinic with reference to one study on the diabetes and illness narrative, and another one on personhood in South Asia. Previous studies about the illness narrative had progressed in a way that reflects modern medicine as a social or power device. They focused on narratives by individuals and about individual specific experiences involving the body and illness. Studies on personhood in South Asia, meanwhile, have shown that the characteristics of a connected personhood are difficult to separate or distinguish through the cases of various religious and social practices.</p> <p>(View PDF for the rest of the abstract.)</p>


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