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Allergy narratives in Italy: 'naturalness' in the social construction of medical pluralism.
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PMID:  23406064     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Based on an ethnographic study conducted in both biomedical and complementary and alternative medicine settings in north Italy, I explore how people and practitioners make sense of allergy and how patients utilize plural healing options. Despite a wide range of medical modalities, people categorize and use medicine according to whether they are 'natural' or 'not-natural,' thus dissolving any potential confusion between diverse therapies. I analyze how the concept of naturalness relates to allergy and medical pluralism. Nature is perceived as opposed to pollution, the first associated with a reassuring and idealized past and the latter to a modernity riddled with uncertainties. Participants associated a diverse set of meanings with nature, permitting them the syncretism of different medical modalities. Medical pluralism in the study area is an uneven platform for discussion and experimentation, the outcome of historical and cultural context and local entanglements of power.
Roberta Raffaetà
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical anthropology     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1545-5882     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Anthropol     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-02-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7707343     Medline TA:  Med Anthropol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  126-44     Citation Subset:  IM    
a Department of Sociology and Social Research , Trento University , Trento , Italy.
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