Vol 8, No 2 (2011)

Health and Borders Across Time and Cultures: China, India and the Indian Ocean Region

This special issue of Portal brings together papers examining the intersection of health and borders. In this analysis health is understood not only as the absence of illness, but also as knowledge, as a right, and as the pursuit of identity and self-transformation. Similarly, borders here are used as both physical and mental constructs. The special issue represent a multidisciplinary effort that looks at health from a social science perspective through historical, socio-economic, and cultural approaches. It is also concerned with the health inequities across and within national borders, due to economic imperatives, changing technologies and environments. The articles in this special issue explore lessons learned and new ways of understanding health across time and borders, with specific reference to the cases of India, Australia, Hong Kong and China, Pakistan, and Thailand.

Table of Contents

Health and Borders Across Time and Cultures: China, India and the Indian Ocean Region Special Issue July 2011

Health and Borders across Time and Cultures: Introduction PDF
Beatriz Carrillo Garcia, Devleena Ghosh
Medical Connections and Exchanges in the Early Modern World PDF
Michael Naylor Pearson
The Transmission of Chinese Medicine in Australia PDF
Mary Garvey
Cross-border Childbirth Between Mainland China and Hong Kong: Social Pressures and Policy Outcomes PDF
Bernard Yam
The Long Road from the Kidney Bazaar: A Commentary on Pakistan’s Progress Towards Self-sufficiency in Organ Transplantation PDF
Dominique E. Martin
Clinics of Oblivion: Makeover Culture and Cosmetic Surgery PDF
Meredith Jones

Cultural Works

Among Absences PDF
Gabriela Coronado