Article ID: CBB739895583

Indigenous Infrastructures of Care and Survival in Papua New Guinea: Rethinking Pacific Health through Oral Histories of the Second World War (2021)

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Drawing on a body of oral history interviews about local experiences of the Second World War, this paper seeks to map the contours of a local, Indigenous infrastructure of care and survival in Oro Province, Papua New Guinea. This vernacular infrastructure stands in contrast to the colonial-military health infrastructure privileged within colonial records and subsequent accounts of health in the postwar Pacific. Oral histories, particularly those of Oro women, reveal complex, gendered practices of care and survival which took place outside, or in entanglement with, colonial infrastructures. Attention to these practices highlights the contexts of relationality within which any consideration of health must be embedded It simultaneously decenters the military and colonial (and now, developmentalist) biomedical terms to which health continues to be so often reduced.

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Authors & Contributors
Jensen, Gwenn M.
Lans, Cheryl
Long, Vicky
Burnett, Kristin
Peckham, Robert
Pomfret, David M.
Journals
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadien d'Histoire de la Medecine
Social History of Medicine
Health and History
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
War and Society
Publishers
Palgrave Macmillan
UBC Press
Hong Kong University Press
KIT Publishers
Duke University Press
Yale University Press
Concepts
Health care
Colonialism
Indigenous peoples; indigeneity
Women in medicine
Public health
World War II
People
Abbott, Maude E.
Boas, Franz
Places
Canada
Great Britain
Papua New Guinea
Citizen Band Potawatomi Indian Tribe of Oklahoma
United States
West Indies
Times
20th century, early
19th century
20th century, late
20th century
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