Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Translating Where There is No Doctor: How the Production of Local Knowledges Propels Global Travels
by Walkover, Lillian Berry, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco, 2018, 189; 10829287
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation focuses on how health knowledges are produced and travel through an analysis of the translation and adaptation of Where There Is No Doctor, one of the most widely used health manuals in the world. First published in the 1970s, it spread around the globe with health social movements, and has been translated into over 80 languages. Using qualitative methods and grounded theory analysis, this research explores translations and adaptations in Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, and English for use in India. The analysis sits at the intersection of sociology of health and illness, critical global health, and postcolonial science and technology studies. I make three key arguments: (1) the book serves both an instrumental role as a tool for people training community health workers, and a symbolic, political role, for health professionals focused on advocacy; (2) the book’s invitation to adapt content and illustrations to meet local needs, and to integrate lay and expert knowledges across a variety of medical systems, allows it to travel as a successfully global object; and (3) health knowledges produced in these editions are fundamentally new knowledges.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Shim, Janet
Commitee: Adams, Vincanne, Dworkin, Shari, Pinderhughes, Howard
School: University of California, San Francisco
Department: Sociology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 79/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Asian Studies, Public Health Education, Sociology
Keywords: And technology studies, Critical global health, Medicine, Postcolonial science and technology studies, Qualitative methods, Science, Sociology of knowledge, Translation studies
Publication Number: 10829287
ISBN: 978-0-438-25048-2
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