Article ID: CBB583714096

Toxic Remedies: On the Cultivation of Medicinal Plants and Urban Ecologies (2021)


Mohácsi, Gergely (Author)

East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Volume: 15
Issue: 2
Pages: 192-210

Publication Date: 2021
Edition Details: Special Issue: Material Itineraries: Southeast Asian Urban Transformations
Language: English

Growing concerns with air-pollution, contaminated drinking water, and deteriorated sewerage infrastructures contributed to an increasing environmental awareness in Vietnam during the past decade. At urban sites, such as herbal gardens in Hanoi, these ecological concerns converge with medicinal itineraries of East Asian herbal medications and the health of a rising middle-class. In these emerging chemosocial configurations, public health becomes an environmental issue, and the city holds out the promise of a resilient space of planetary health. To illustrate such lateral movements, this article focuses on the cultivation and transplantation of medicinal plants in central Hanoi. Thinking through the question of how people and herbs come to cultivate and be cultivated by one another, I argue, helps to understand the public health stakes of chemosocial infrastructures in a rapidly urbanizing Vietnam and, more generally, in urban transformations throughout Asia. At stake both in the transformation of plants into pharmaceutical products and in the modes of transplanting knowledges and methods from one world (or discipline) to another is the lateral mobility between East Asian medical practices and STS methodologies.

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Article Casper Bruun Jensen (2021) Material Itineraries: Southeast Asian Urban Transformations. East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal (pp. 124-134). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Montoya, Alfred
Alac, Morana
Jensen, Casper Bruun
Pestre, Dominique
Rome, Adam
Vandermeersch, Léon
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Social Studies of Science
Business History Review
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
Science, Technology, and Human Values
Éditions La Découverte
Presses Universitaires de Vincennes
Rutgers University Press
University of Pennsylvania Press
University of Pittsburgh Press
Madrid OEI, Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura
Science and technology studies (STS)
Cities and towns
Kerr, Roy Patrick
Time Periods
21st century
20th century, late
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
East Asia
Du Pont Company

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