Adoption and Adaption: A Study of Medical Ideas and Techniques in Colonial India
Diffusionist models of knowledge transmission have had a long sway. These were probably useful in the context of centre-periphery explanations. Recent scholarship has moved ahead. Transmission is no longer seen as emanating from a powerful centre. Now more attention is paid to the changes and adaptations that occur in the process. Adoption and adaptation are not always imposed or induced from above or outside; these can come from within and on their own.