Marketing Medicines: Conceptualizing Cultural Identity and Livelihood among Market Vendors in Asunción, Paraguay

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Marketing Medicines: Conceptualizing Cultural Identity and Livelihood among Market Vendors in Asunción, Paraguay

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dc.contributor.advisor Finnis, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.author Millman, Heather
dc.date 2012-04-11
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-16T17:16:42Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-16T17:16:42Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-16
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/3500
dc.description.abstract This thesis investigates the ways in which the selling and utilizing of medicinal plant remedies in Asunción, Paraguay intersects with conceptualizations of Paraguayan cultural identity, traditional gendered knowledge systems, and with the socioeconomic realities of vendors and consumers. Engaging with anthropological theories of the political economy of health, cultural identity, and the socioeconomics of women workers in Latin America, it explores how the use of indigenous healthcare practices engages with notions of Paraguayan identity and traditional knowledge, including the transmission of gendered knowledge. Through data collected in semi-structured interviews with market vendors of medicinal plants in Asunción, this thesis investigates the connections between indigeneity and land, cultural and symbolic identity and food, and the livelihoods of medicinal plant vendors, in order to argue that the selling of these traditional plant medicines in the local markets of Asunción solidifies Paraguayan identity by providing daily affordable access to consumable symbols of “Paraguayanness.” en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/ *
dc.subject markets, livelihood, plants, medicines, identity, culture en_US
dc.title Marketing Medicines: Conceptualizing Cultural Identity and Livelihood among Market Vendors in Asunción, Paraguay en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Public Issues Anthropology en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Arts en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Sociology and Anthropology en_US


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