State Healthcare and Yanomami Transformations
A Symmetrical Ethnography
That long-standing dichotomy is challenged in this new ethnography by anthropologist José Kelly. Kelly places the study of culture and cosmology squarely within the context of the modern nation-state and its institutions. He explores Indian-white relations as seen through the operation of a state-run health system among the indigenous Yanomami of southern Venezuela.
With theoretical foundations in the fields of medical and Amazonian anthropology, Kelly sheds light on how Amerindian cosmology shapes concepts of the state at the community level. The result is a symmetrical anthropology that treats white and Amerindian perceptions of each other within a single theoretical framework, thus expanding our understanding of each group and its influences on the other. This book will be valuable to those studying Amazonian peoples, medical anthropology, development studies, and Latin America. Its new takes on theory and methodology make it ideal for classroom use.
“This introspective and comprehensive study in contemporary Venezuela is a prime example of a new turn taking place in twenty-first-century field anthropology. The most audacious, perspicacious, and practicable of the recent books in its genre.”—Roy Wagner, author of Coyote Anthropology