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Questioning Misfortune: The Pragmatics of Uncertainty in Eastern Uganda (Cambridge Studies in Medical Anthropology), Whyte, Susan Reynolds
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Author Name:    Whyte, Susan Reynolds

Title:   Questioning Misfortune: The Pragmatics of Uncertainty in Eastern Uganda (Cambridge Studies in Medical Anthropology)

Binding:   PAPERBACK

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    Cambridge University Press 

ISBN Number:   0521595584 / 9780521595582

Seller ID:   ING9780521595582

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This study of adversity and its social causes in rural Uganda considers how people deal with life's uncertainties--sickness, suffering, marital problems, failure, and death. Divination may identify causes of misfortune, ranging from ancestors and spirits to sorcerers. Sufferers and their families will then try out a variety of remedial measures, including pharmaceuticals, sorcery substances, and sacrifices. But remedies often fail, and doubt and uncertainty persist. The peril of AIDS can also be understood in terms of the existing pattern of uncertainty.



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