Missionaries and their medicine Paperback

A Christian Modernity for Tribal India

by David Hardiman;

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Missionaries and their medicine

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Missionaries and their medicine is a lucid and enthralling study of the encounter between Christian missionaries and an Indian tribal community, the Bhils, in the period 1880 to 1964. The study is informed by a deep knowledge of the people amongst whom the missionaries worked, the author having lived for extensive periods in the tribal tracts of western India. He argues that the Bhils were never the passive objects of missionary attention and that they created for themselves their own form of 'Christian modernity.' The book provides a major intervention in the history of colonial medicine, as Hardiman argues that missionary medicine had a specific quality of its own - which he describes and analyses in detail - and that in most cases it was preferred to the medicine of colonial states. He also examines the period of transition to Indian independence, which was a highly fraught and uncertain process for the missionaries.

Missionaries and their medicine by David Hardiman was published by Manchester University Press in August 2014. The ISBN for Missionaries and their medicine is 9780719095399.

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Details for Missionaries and their medicine

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherManchester University Press (August 2014)
Number of Pages288
Thickness15 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4271515
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