Conclusion: The Control of Medicine, the Control of Bodies

  • Dorthe Brogård Kristensen


The conclusion of this study, discussed in detail in this chapter, is that indigenous medical practice provides a meta-reality for dealing with issues of identity, asymmetrical power relations and class inequalities. Ultimately, the work argues that indigenous medicine opens a space for articulation and management of collective experiences and sufferings—the olvidos of Chile. In other words, it is based on a reciprocity between multiple medical and social realities, thereby highlighting the link between the perception of the body, self and social change. In that sense, this medicine is also based on collective experiences, rather than only on individual notions of illness. I conclude that in a multicultural context, medical practice such as the bricolage that Mapuche shaman can offer might be a necessary supplement to the official form, as it responds to collective experience and identities.


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  • Dorthe Brogård Kristensen
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  1. 1.University of Southern DenmarkOdense MDenmark

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