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Traveling Cultures and Plants: The Ethnobiology and Ethnopharmacy of Human Migrations
Volume 7

Environmental Anthropology and Ethnobiology

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Traveling Cultures and Plants

The Ethnobiology and Ethnopharmacy of Human Migrations

Edited by Andrea Pieroni and Ina Vandebroek

296 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-373-2 $135.00/£99.00 hb Published (December 2007)

ISBN  978-1-84545-679-5 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (October 2009)

eISBN 978-0-85745-578-9 eBook

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“I was enthusiastic at the prospect of reviewing Traveling Cultures and Plants… and my enthusiasm was amply rewarded. Although exploring the well worn theme of traditional medicine and plant pharmacopoeias, this volume navigates away from 'indigenous' cultures and 'native' floras into the virtually unexplored terrain of diaspora healing andethnobotany… this book represents a noteworthy contribution to an area of emerging interest.” • Economic Botany


The tremendous increase in migrations and diasporas of human groups in the last decades are not only bringing along challenging issues for society, especially related to the economic and political management of multiculturalism and culturally effective health care, but they are also creating dramatic changes in traditional knowledge, believes and practices (KBP) related to (medicinal) plant use. The contributors to this volume – all internationally recognized scholars in the field of ethnobiology, transcultural pharmacy, and medical anthropology – analyze these dynamics of traditional knowledge in especially 12 selected case studies.

Ina Vandebroek, features in Nova's "Secret Life of Scientists", answering the question: just what is ethnobotany?

Andrea Pieroni holds a PhD from the University of Bonn, Germany. He is an Associate Professor of Plant Biology and Ethnobotany at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo/Bra, Northern Italy and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine. His research focuses on gastronomic and medical ethnobotany in the Mediterranean and in the Balkan areas, as well as among migrant communities and diasporas in Europe.

Ina Vandebroek holds a PhD in Medical Sciences from Ghent University, Belgium. She is a Research Associate at the Institute of Economic Botany of the New York Botanical Garden. Her research focuses on the dynamics of plant knowledge and plant use among immigrants from the Dominican Republic in New York City. She also conducts community healthcare workshops in Bolivia. She is a Deputy Editor of the Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine.

Subject: Environmental Studies (General) Refugee and Migration Studies Development Studies Anthropology (General)


List of Tables and Figures


Chapter 1. Medicinal Plants and Cultural Variation across Dominican Rural, Urban, and Transnational Landscapes
Andreana L. Ososki, Michael J. Balick, and Douglas C. Daly

Chapter 2. Use of Medicinal Plants by Dominican Immigrants in New York City for the Treatment of Common Health Conditions: A Comparative Analysis with Literature Data from the Dominican Republic
Ina Vandebroek, Michael J. Balick, Jolene Yukes, Levenia Durán, Fredi Kronenberg, Christine Wade, Andreana L. Ososki, Linda Cushman, Rafael Lantigua, Miriam Mejía and Lionel Robineau

Chapter 3. Between Bellyaches and Lucky Charms: Revealing Latinos’ Plant-Healing Knowledge and Practices in New York City
Anahí Viladrich

Chapter 4. The Changing Scene of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Strategies Due to Migration of Indians from the Asian Subcontinent to the United States
Usha R. Palaniswamy

Chapter 5. Use of Traditional Herbal Remedies by Thai Immigrant Women in Sweden
Pranee C. Lundberg

Chapter 6. Medicinal Plant Use by Surinamese Immigrants in Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Results of a Pilot Market Survey
Tinde van Andel and Charlotte van ‘t Klooster

Chapter 7. The Use of Home Remedies for Health Care and Well-Being by Spanish-Speaking Latino Immigrants in London: A Reflection on Acculturation
Melissa Ceuterick, Ina Vandebroek, Bren Torry and Andrea Pieroni

Chapter 8. Hackney’s “Ethnic Economy” Revisited: Local Food Culture, Ethnic “Purity”, and the Politico-Historical Articulation of Kurdish Identity
Sarah Keeler

Chapter 9. A Strange Drug in a Strange Land
Neil Carrier

Chapter 10. Traditional Health Care and Food and Medicinal Plant Use Among Historic Albanian Migrants and Italians in Lucania, Southern Italy
Cassandra L. Quave and Andrea Pieroni

Chapter 11. Plant Knowledge as Indicator of Historical Cultural Contacts: Tanning in the Atlantic Fringe
Ingvar Svanberg

Chapter 12. Procurement of Traditional Remedies and Transmission of Medicinal Knowledge among Sahrawi People Displaced in Southwestern Algerian Refugee Camps
Gabriele Volpato, Abdalahe Ahmadi Emhamed, Saleh Mohamed Lamin Saleh, Alessandro Broglia, and Sara di Lello

Notes on Contributors

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