Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

E-version of 'Broken Limbs, Broken Lives' Ethnography

29 June 2017

An e-version of Shahaduz Zaman's 'Broken Limbs, Broken Lives: Ethnography of a Hospital Ward in Bangladesh' was released this month. The ethnography was originally published in 2005 as the outcome of PhD research supervised by Sjaak van der Geest.

Shahaduz Zaman carried out anthropological fieldwork in an orthopedic ward in a large government teaching hospital of Bangladesh. The research shows that in contrast to the assumed universalism in biomedicine, biomedical practice is in fact a product of particular social conditions, and the hospital in which it takes place reflects the features of the society in which it is embedded. A shocking and humorous study, this work shows how medical practice takes shape in an under-staffed, under-resourced and under-financed hospital in a low-income country characterized by daily physical and structural violence.

Book Information

Publisher: The University Press Limited
Pages: 252
ISBN: 978 984 506 503 0
Publication Date: June 13, 2017

Published by  AISSR