Sao-tomense traditional medicine in Portugal: healing systems and therapeutic practices

Leading researcher: Rita Rodrigues
Research group: Governance, Policies and Livelihoods
Type of project: Doctoral research
Status: Ongoing
Keywords: Therapeutic practices | Natural medicinal resources | Circulation | Migration | Sao Tome and Principe


Main institution: CRIA
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: FCT
Reference: SFRH/BD/111432/2015
Starting date: 01-10-15

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Abstract

The processes by which human mobility constitutes, unfolds and rebuilds a vast body of knowledge and practices reveals both the dynamics in the transit of goods and therapeutic practices in a migratory context, and the networks of production, use, accumulation and exchange of medical knowledge. The study of the interaction between healing systems emerges as a starting point for scrutinizing the contours of the organizational relationship between therapeutic traditions, as well as the processes of (re)configuration of knowledge that propitiate the development of hybrid therapeutic systems. In this context, we seek to outline the trajectory of curative therapies of immigrants from São Tomé and Príncipe based on an analysis of the dynamics underlying the processes of circulation of therapeutic practices and goods, including the extent and intensity of autochthonous healing processes in Portugal. Anchored in ethnographic research, this study seeks to unveil the circuits and contexts in which the circulation of natural resources takes place, accompanying the (dis) continuities of the ways of explaining, expressing and managing health and illness of immigrants from São Tomé e Príncipe.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub110*Cristina SantinhoSupervisorproj181*Sao-tomense traditional medicine in Portugal: healing systems and therapeutic practicesDoctoral researchOngoing
pub250*Rita RodriguesResearch scholarproj181*Sao-tomense traditional medicine in Portugal: healing systems and therapeutic practicesDoctoral researchOngoing
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