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Cross-Border Therapeutic Itineraries: Towards the Study of Medical Pluralism and Cross-Border Human Mobility


The article[1] addresses the obstacles to the study of the relationships between Medical Pluralism and human mobility. We critically review the existing literature on Medical Pluralism and Mobility, showing how the classic studies of medical pluralism neglected three fundamental aspects that make up what we call non-situated Medical Pluralism: mobility, space, corporality. A critical review of these aspects in contemporary studies of medical pluralism led us to formulate a framework that seeks to integrate the main contributions of the studies of medical pluralism from Critical Medical Anthropology (Menéndez) with the Mobility Paradigm (Tarrius). This framework is presented, and the paper concludes by underlining its main contributions to the contemporary discussion in the field of Medical Pluralism and mobility.

[1] This is the translation of a paper to be published in Si Somos Americanos, Revista de Estudios Transfronterizos.

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