Appropriation and Dementia in India.
Summary of "Appropriation and Dementia in India."
Biomedical technologies like MRI scans offer a way for carers and people with dementia to 'see' pathology, as a means to reorient their perceptions of the body and functionality. Through interpretive and syncretic processes, the MRI and the diagnosis of dementia facilitate the incorporation of the clinical category 'dementia' into social understandings of illness and care in India. Complex shifts occur as families and providers move from socio-cultural explanations of disruption to bio-social etiologies of the disease 'dementia' and then to socio-ecological frameworks of causality. Both the biomedicalisation of illness and the localisation of illness occur as the clinical category 'dementia' is folded into local understandings of illness and care. Through elucidating how the dialectic between biomedical and local knowledge is operationalized, we offer insights into how dementia is absorbed and appropriated into Indian cultural contexts.
Department of General Practice, School of Primary Care, Monash University, Building 1, 270 Notting Hill, Melbourne, VIC, 3168, Australia, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Name: Culture, medicine and psychiatry
- PubMed Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21837538
- DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11013-011-9230-2
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