Beyond Surgery: Injury, Healing, And Religion At An Ethiopian Hospital by Anita HannigBeyond Surgery: Injury, Healing, And Religion At An Ethiopian Hospital by Anita Hannig

Beyond Surgery: Injury, Healing, And Religion At An Ethiopian Hospital

byAnita Hannig

Paperback | April 24, 2017

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Over the past few decades, maternal childbirth injuries have become a potent symbol of Western biomedical intervention in Africa, affecting over one million women across the global south. Western-funded hospitals have sprung up, offering surgical sutures that ostensibly allow women who suffer from obstetric fistula to return to their communities in full health. Journalists, NGO staff, celebrities, and some physicians have crafted a stock narrative around this injury, depicting afflicted women as victims of a backward culture who have their fortunes dramatically reversed by Western aid. With Beyond Surgery, medical anthropologist Anita Hannig unsettles this picture for the first time and reveals the complicated truth behind the idea of biomedical intervention as quick-fix salvation.
Through her in-depth ethnography of two repair and rehabilitation centers operating in Ethiopia, Hannig takes the reader deep into a world inside hospital walls, where women recount stories of loss and belonging, shame and delight. As she chronicles the lived experiences of fistula patients in clinical treatment, Hannig explores the danger of labeling “culture” the culprit, showing how this common argument ignores the larger problem of insufficient medical access in rural Africa. Beyond Surgery portrays the complex social outcomes of surgery in an effort to deepen our understanding of medical missions in Africa, expose cultural biases, and clear the path toward more effective ways of delivering care to those who need it most.
Anita Hannig is assistant professor of anthropology at Brandeis University, in Massachusetts.   
Title:Beyond Surgery: Injury, Healing, And Religion At An Ethiopian HospitalFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:April 24, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022645729X

ISBN - 13:9780226457291

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Table of Contents

Part One: Kin, Society, and Religion
Chapter One: A Malleable World: Injury, Care, and Belonging
Interlude: Yashume
Chapter Two: The Pure and the Pious: Flow, Containment, and Transgression
Part Two: Fistula Treatment and the Institution
Chapter Three: Mending the Mothers of Ethiopia: Institutional Roots, Logic, and Mission
Interlude: Poison
Chapter Four: Clinical Tracks: Moving through Surgery
Part Three: Beyond Surgery
Chapter Five: Healing and Reforming: The Making of the Modern Clinical Subject
Interlude: Conversion
Chapter Six: From Orphan to Apprentice: Crafting Patient Entrepreneurs at Desta Mender

Editorial Reviews

“Hannig has written an important and deeply touching testament to the practical importance of long-term careful ethnographic research in global health. Beyond Surgery has profound implications for debates on global health disparities. It deserves to be read by anthropologists and practitioners alike.”