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Tradition, colonialism and modernity: Women's health in Goa, India

Show simple item record Desouza, S. 2015-06-03T08:15:37Z 2015-06-03T08:15:37Z 2003
dc.identifier.citation Gender, Technology and Development. 7(2); 2003; 189-208.
dc.description.abstract This article documents practices related to pregnancy and childbirth among the Gauda tribal community in Goa, a south-western state of India. The Portuguese colonizer intro duced a 'scientific credo' in every sphere of life, including health, for reasons of ideological supremacy, moral justification, and social legitimacy. There was a well-orchestrated effort on the part of the Portuguese to phase out the traditional system of healing in order to replace it with a western system. However, traditional beliefs and health-related practices persist, albeit often in 'modified' forms. Two possible reasons are forwarded for this per sistence: first, traditional beliefs and practices are indicative of their role in identity for mation for this community; and second, traditional health and healing are practised by women.
dc.publisher SAGE Publications
dc.subject Women's studies
dc.title Tradition, colonialism and modernity: Women's health in Goa, India
dc.type Journal article
dc.identifier.impf cs

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