Jan Ovesen and Ing-Britt Trankell


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Jan Ovesen and Ing-Britt Trankell are associate professors of anthropology at Uppsala University. They have been engaged in the study of Cambodian society since 1995.

Jan Ovesen and Ing-Britt Trankell are associate professors of anthropology at Uppsala University. They have been engaged in the study of Cambodian society since 1995.

In an interview filmed at NIAS in late 2009, they describe the tension in modern Cambodia between the Western medical tradition introduced by the French and the indigenous Khmer health cosmology. Here, they also refer to the effects on public health and welfare of decades of conflict and genocide as well as the impact of the neo-liberal economic policies rapidly implemented in recent times. Click here to view this interview.

Books by this author

Cambodians and Their Doctors

A Medical Anthropology of Colonial and Post-Colonial Cambodia

  • Offers a unique blend of historical anthropology and contemporary ethnography.
  • A key text for scholars and students of Cambodia and Southeast Asia in general.
  • An important resource for development planners and aid workers in medical and related fields.
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