• Md. Faruk ShahEmail author


This chapter introduces the background, aims, theoretical framework and methodology of the work, and major themes and focus of the book. It also briefly focuses on the meaning and characteristics of biomedicine, the relationship between biomedicine and modernity, and the biomedical systems of care in rural Bangladesh. Although biomedicine originated in the West, it has been a global institution at the leading edge of modernity in terms of its practice, knowledge production, technological innovation and marketing strategy. Biomedicine was introduced in the Indian subcontinent, including Bangladesh, along with modernity. Local people tended to accept the new medicine as a useful addition to their current practices, however; over time, the meaning of biomedicine began to change because of its multiple forms, increasing domination, and influencing the political economy of health care. In this background, this ethnography explores how, why and when different people choose particular forms of biomedical care in rural Bangladesh. I am interested in the relationships within rural biomedical healthcare systems; additionally I consider what it is that these systems mean to people, who or what is controlling them and how they are shaped by modernity.


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  1. 1.Department of Development StudiesUniversity of DhakaDhakaBangladesh

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