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Premodern Indigenous Practitioners' Dilemmas in a Postmodern Globalized World
Premodern indigenous practitioners' dilemmas in a postmodern globalized world
JanetChawla
The Context

Interest in indigenous knowledge is increasing as the general public and the policy makers observe the onslaught of problems associated with modern life. Traditional medicine is explored for use in the treatment of HIV/AIDS; indigenous knowledge is utilized in the service of agriculture and biodiversity conservation; strategies for the validation and protection of indigenous knowledge systems are being developed.1 It is finally being acknowledged that we have left behind valuable resources along this road to progress and ‘developmenty. This chapter, in general, explores and reclaims indigenous childbirth knowledge’, with specificity to the Indian subcontinent. First, I will briefly (and critically) address the current scenario of how the ...

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