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Rohan Deb Roy and Guy N.A. Attewell

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199486717

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199486717.001.0001

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‘Dr. Kar I Presume!’

‘Dr. Kar I Presume!’

‘Medical’ Narratives from the Jarawa Tribal Reserve

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Locating the Medical

Vishvajit Pandya

Madhumita Mazumdar

Oxford University Press

This chapter draws attention to the complex trajectories of the history of biomedicine among the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups of the Andaman Islands. It argues that the scattered traces one follows to address historical or anthropological research in the tribal reserves of the Andaman Islands have led to questions that have often muddled assumptions about the category of the ‘medical.’ The chapter does a close reading of state medical discourse as it takes shape in the memoirs of a government physician in the Jarawa Tribal Reserve. It argues that Dr Kar’s memoir cum ethnography offers important insights into the contingent formations of the ‘medical’ in the interstices of tribal welfare practice in the Andaman Islands.

Keywords:   Andaman Islands, biomedicine, Jarawa Tribal Reserve, ethnography, narrative, tribal welfare, Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups anthropological research, medical discourse, memoirs, government physician, Dr Kar

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