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The Enculturated GeneSickle Cell Health Politics and Biological Difference in West Africa$
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Duana Fullwiley

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691123165

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691123165.001.0001

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The Biosocial Politics of Plants and People

The Biosocial Politics of Plants and People

(p.77) Chapter Three The Biosocial Politics of Plants and People
The Enculturated Gene

Duana Fullwiley

Princeton University Press

This chapter traces people's networks of care and kin, coupled with the healing practices that these relations engender, through their various interests in fagara within Dakar's health sectors, both formal and informal, before following the plant to Paris, France, to Cotonou, Benin, to Reims, Champagne-Ardenne, and finally back to Senegal. Despite the attention that many people give to fagara, it is important to understand that its effectiveness is contingent upon social networks that render the knowledge and care derived from this traditional plant variable. This both explains why fagara is seen to “work” in Senegal, while it also accounts for the range of less successful attempts to have the plant accepted and embraced in other parts of West Africa and beyond.

Keywords:   fagara, biosocial politics, social networks, healing practices, traditional plants

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