We Have No Microbes Here: Healing Practices in a Turkish Black Sea Village (Carolina Academic Press Ethnographic Studies in Medical Anthropology Series) ... Studies in Medical Anthropology Series)

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Protecting the health of family members is one of the major responsibilities of women in the Turkish family. Studying women's changing roles from within a rural family, the author presents a complex network of social relations which incorporates both traditional healing methods such as bone-setting and the services of the nationally sponsored health clinic. Following a patient-centered ethnographic approach, the book reveals the community's construction of the "natural" caring of mothers, wives, daughters, and daughters-in-law. Muslim practice and Islamic revivalism; tradition and modernity; global, national and regional identity; and gender shape local concepts of health and illness. For example, a villager who does not believe that microbes cause illness may be flown to relatives in Germany for a surgical operation. Describing the verdant and rugged coast and the everyday life of the spirited individuals who inhabit it, this study examines the metaphors used to describe the body and its suffering--from birth to death--and places a small Black Sea village community in the global context of labor migration, religious trends, and medical technologies.

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Sylvia Wing Onder is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Turkish Language and Culture in the Arabic Department at Georgetown University.

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This book gives a vibrant, enthusiastic and engaging account of the way of life shared by the Turkish villages on the coast of the Black Sea. Written in a personal style, it is well furnished with anecdotes, references and case studies by various anthropologists. The author's insertion into the narrative and her exchanges with the locals provides a confident account that speaks to the richness of the book. This contrasts with other ethnographies, where the author's only link to the subject is through blood and not direct contact....In conclusion, this book offers a tasty look at the heart of rural Turkey, with engaging personal accounts, sketching a rich, colorful portrait of rural Turkish women. (trans.) --Social Anthropology/Anthropologie sociale

...the engaging and personable style makes [We Have No Microbes Here] especially suitable for undergraduate anthropology or area studies students. Önder introduces in straightforward language a number of important concepts in the anthropology of medicine: medical pluralism, the embeddedness of ethnomedical practices in everyday life and in local worldviews, gender roles in health care, medical care and kinship relationships, and the operations of power in healthcare settings. In short, this is a fine teaching book for students just venturing into medical anthropology in the Middle East. --Kim Shively, Contemporary Islam

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