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Date Submitted

Spring 5-6-2012

Research Mentor and Department

Ignacio Sánchez-Prado




Intercultural health highlights the question of how to perform indigenous identity in the context of modernization and development efforts. This senior honors thesis explores intercultural health in Chile--specifically at Makewe Hospital--through an inter-disciplinary approach. Based on scholarly articles, field experience, and coursework, the paper examines conceptual differences between traditional medicine and biomedicine and historical processes that have shaped the current situation of the Mapuche people in Chile. Health, though a seemingly apolitical field, becomes a proxy for larger Mapuche-State conflicts, intersecting international development, neoliberal policies, and indigenous demands for autonomy.

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