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Raising the Dust

Tracking Traditional Medicine in the South of Malawi


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Theresa Jones
    Pages 1-29
  3. Theresa Jones
    Pages 31-77
  4. Theresa Jones
    Pages 79-110
  5. Theresa Jones
    Pages 111-144
  6. Theresa Jones
    Pages 145-177
  7. Theresa Jones
    Pages 179-204
  8. Theresa Jones
    Pages 205-234
  9. Theresa Jones
    Pages 235-277
  10. Theresa Jones
    Pages 279-318
  11. Theresa Jones
    Pages 319-334
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 335-365

About this book


Raising the Dust explores the relationship between human and ecological health through the lens of African traditional medicine, as practiced in the south of Malawi. The book employs an ethnographic methodology using the primary methods of semi-structured interviews and participant observation. The fieldwork for the research was conducted in the Mulanje Mountain Biosphere and the findings are presented as a narrative exploration of insider and outsider positions, in this context. The conceptual framework for the book encompasses a broad range of ecological ideas, focussing mainly on traditional ecological knowledge and radical ecology. The holistic theoretical framework for the book emerges in a grounded way from out of the fieldwork experience. The book is written in plain language and will appeal to anyone interested in holistic health outlooks, particularly cross-cultural health and wellbeing narratives.


ecological health Malawi traditional medicine alternative medicine African medicine ecological knowledge radical ecology eco-feminism eco-psychology scientific holism health and wellbeing holistic medicine

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Inner Sense Intuitive Counselling ServicesBrisbaneAustralia

About the authors

Following a passionate interest in holistic health, and having a particular interest in cross-cultural onto-epistemologies, Dr Theresa Jones has worked in many different roles across the health, social welfare and education sectors. She is motivated by the need to address health as a social justice issue and as an ecological imperative.

Bibliographic information


“Jones presents a refreshing ethnographic “tracking” of traditional medicine and healing practices in southern Africa. Raising the Dust is a must read, the book is intellectually engaging and methodologically rigorous.” (Barbara Ntombi Ngwenya, Professor of Applied Anthropology, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Botswana)