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Transmission and Commoditisation of Medicinal Plant Knowledge in the Marketplaces of Oruro, Bolivia

Wilkin, Peter John (2014) Transmission and Commoditisation of Medicinal Plant Knowledge in the Marketplaces of Oruro, Bolivia. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,.

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Abstract

This thesis analyses how Andean people’s knowledge of medicinal plants and the relationship between environment and health is represented, transmitted and commoditised in the marketplaces of the department of Oruro, Bolivia. Considering the increase in urban population and their dependence on marketplaces for medicinal plant remedies, this thesis examines the role of marketplaces and the importance of specialist stallholders in the transmission of knowledge. The central research site of Oruro is a multi-cultural city located on the Andean plateau in southwest Bolivia, a population of Spanish, Quechua and Aymara speakers with a pluralistic medical system. Fieldwork was carried out over 18 months with market stallholders in Oruro combining quantitative and qualitative methods with ethnographic documentation of knowledge transmission events.

These findings demonstrate that, although state intervention and identity politics are redefining perceptions of medicinal knowledge, the market exchange system centred in Oruro city creates localised specialist knowledge and continuity of cultural knowledge transmission.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Puri, Raj
Uncontrolled keywords: Transmission Traditional Knowledge Environment Medicinal Plants Bolivia Ethnobotany Ethnomedicine
Subjects: Q Science > QK Botany
R Medicine > RV Botanic, Thomsonian, and eclectic medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Users 1 not found.
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2015 11:00 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2020 04:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/47918 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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