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Healing in Digoel

From: Indonesia
Number 95, April 2013
pp. 47-72 | 10.1353/ind.2013.0010



Referring to Ivan Illich's Limits to Medicine (1975), this essay is an inquiry into an expansion of "metropolitan medical civilization," in particular into a "novel image of death" exported as "a major force in cultural colonization." The data and inspiration for the essay came from the research on Boven Digoel, a Dutch colonial internment camp in New Guinea, 1927-43.