Bolivian Public Health Care: Interculturation for Indigenous Rights

Wright, Kendra Leigh (2014) Bolivian Public Health Care: Interculturation for Indigenous Rights. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Kate McGurn Centellas from Anthropology, The University of Mississippi.

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Abstract

This thesis is concerned with Bolivian public health care, specifically how interculturation plays a part in bringing indigenous rights and representation. By examining indigenous traditional healing and Western medicine, this thesis attempts to answer the question of: is the role of pluralizing medical practices a mechanism that successfully gives more power toward the representation and inclusion of indigenous rights in Bolivia? If so, how exactly has interculturation taken place? This thesis hypothesizes that through projects of cultural sensitivity and the respecting of Aymara and Quechua languages, rituals, and traditions, indigenous representation is enhanced in the Bolivian public health care field, allowing for health care professional and traditional healers to work together in alleviating Bolivia’s poor public health indicators. The theories of interculturation, medical enculturation and cultural sensitivity as it contributes to recognizing indigeneity are examined via a theoretical framework. Furthermore, to test the hypothesis, data was gathered from various international organizations, national programs and ministries, and the 2001 Bolivian census data. In all, through various analyses it is possible to determine that the act of interculturation in public health care is crucial for including the indigenous population into national representation.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Wright, Kendra Leigh
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in International Studies and Spanish
Thesis Advisor: Kate McGurn Centellas
Thesis Advisor's Department: Anthropology
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Depositing User: Ms. Kendra Leigh Wright
Date Deposited: 08 May 2014 19:18
Last Modified: 08 May 2014 19:18
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/82

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