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Chinese propriety medicines: an "alternative modernity?" The case of the anti-malarial substance artemisinin in East Africa

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This article discusses various modes of "modernising" traditional Chinese medical drugs (zhong yao) and transforming them into so-called Chinese propriety medicines (zhongchengyao) that are flooding the current neoliberal wellness markets. This article argues that the chemical procedures used in the manufacture of Chinese propriety medicines are highly culture-specific and deserve being considered as instantiations of an "alternative modernity" (e.g., Knauft 2002), rather th...

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Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1080/01459740902848303

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Anthropology and Museum Ethnography,School of - Social & Cultural Anthropology,Institute of
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Elisabeth Hsu
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British Institute of Eastern Africa More from this funder
Chiang Chingkuo Foundation More from this funder
Publisher:
Routledge Publisher's website
Journal:
Medical Anthropology Journal website
Volume:
28
Issue:
2
Pages:
111-140
Publication date:
2009-04-05
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EISSN:
1545-5882
ISSN:
0145-9740
URN:
uuid:921819f9-04e6-4772-9cc0-035c444c10c9
Local pid:
ora:5601

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