How to understand the simultaneity of parental love and care with a lack of taking action when a child is ill? This question inspired Lianne Holten to conduct the ethnographic study presented in this book.
She worked and lived in the isolated village of Farabako (Mali) to help establish maternity clinic. Holten clearly describes the tension between biomedical thinking and local ideas on health. She explains how biomedical assumptions make the mothers' actions appear incomprehensible, but she also shows the logic within the local context.
Lianne Holten, Mothers, Medicine and Morality in Rural Mali. An ethnographic study of therapy management of [regnancy and childern's illness episodes.
The supervisor is Prof. Annemiek Richters