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Raising the Dust

Tracking Traditional Medicine in the South of Malawi

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Jones, Theresa

Raising the Dust explores the relationship between human and ecological health through the lens of African traditional medicine, as practiced in the south of Malawi. The book employs an ethnographic methodology using the primary methods of semi-structured interviews and participant observation. The fieldwork for the research was conducted in the Mulanje Mountain Biosphere and the findings are presented as a narrative exploration of insider and outsider positions, in this context. The conceptual framework for the book encompasses a broad range of ecological ideas, focussing mainly on traditional ecological knowledge and radical ecology. The holistic theoretical framework for the book emerges in a grounded way from out of the fieldwork experience. The book is written in plain language and will appeal to anyone interested in holistic health outlooks, particularly cross-cultural health and wellbeing narratives.

Chapter One: Unwrapping

Chapter Two: Methodology
Chapter Three: Traditional Medical Practice
Chapter Four: Women’s Knowledge, Women’s Work
Chapter Five: Community Relationships
Chapter Six: Footprints, Pedals and Pathways
Chapter Seven: The Market
Chapter Eight: The State of the Biosphere Reserve
Chapter Nine: Theoretical Reflections
Chapter Ten: Wrapping Up

Following a passionate interest in holistic health, and having a particular interest in cross-cultural onto-epistemologies, Dr Theresa Jones has worked in many different roles across the health, social welfare and education sectors. She is motivated by the need to address health as a social justice issue and as an ecological imperative. Raising the Dust explores the relationship between human and ecological health through the lens of African traditional medicine, as practiced in the south of Malawi. The book employs an ethnographic methodology using the primary methods of semi-structured interviews and participant observation. The fieldwork for the research was conducted in the Mulanje Mountain Biosphere and the findings are presented as a narrative exploration of insider and outsider positions, in this context. The conceptual framework for the book encompasses a broad range of ecological ideas, focussing mainly on traditional ecological knowledge and radical ecology. The holistic theoretical framework for the book emerges in a grounded way from out of the fieldwork experience. The book is written in plain language and will appeal to anyone interested in holistic health outlooks, particularly cross-cultural health and wellbeing narratives. Offers a highly original and revealingly analysis of the philosophy and practice of traditional healing in southern Malawi, and the impact of environmental degradation and market forces on those practices

Valuable resource for researchers in the expanding field of medical anthropology, as well as to development professionals who work in areas of healthcare, resource management and sustainability
Synthesizes theoretical debates around traditional ecological knowledge and radical ecology
Highlights the living nature of traditional medicine, ensuring it remains an integral part of maintaining health and wellbeing over the long term
  • ​Offers a highly original and revealingly analysis of the philosophy and practice of traditional healing in southern Malawi, and the impact of environmental degradation and market forces on those practices
  • Valuable resource for researchers in the expanding field of medical anthropology, as well as to development professionals who work in areas of healthcare, resource management and sustainability
  • Synthesizes theoretical debates around traditional ecological knowledge and radical ecology
  • Highlights the living nature of traditional medicine, ensuring it remains an integral part of maintaining health and wellbeing over the long term

“Jones presents a refreshing ethnographic “tracking” of traditional medicine and healing practices in southern Africa. Raising the Dust is a must read, the book is intellectually engaging and methodologically rigorous.” (Barbara Ntombi Ngwenya, Professor of Applied Anthropology, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Botswana)