The Occupied Clinic: Militarism and Care in Kashmir

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Author: Saiba Varma

9789382579335 | PB | pp. 312 | 2021 | Yoda Press

The Occupied Clinic explores the psychological, ontological, and political entanglements between medicine and violence in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

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In The Occupied Clinic, Saiba Varma explores the psychological, ontological, and political entanglements between medicine and violence in Indian-controlled Kashmir — the world’s most densely militarized place. Into a long history of occupations, insurgencies, suppressions, natural disasters, and a crisis of public health infrastructure come interventions in human distress, especially those of doctors and humanitarians, who struggle against an epidemic: more than sixty percent of the civilian population suffers from depression, anxiety, PTSD, or acute stress. Drawing on encounters between medical providers and patients in an array of settings, Varma reveals how colonization is embodied and how overlapping state practices of care and violence create disorienting worlds for doctors and patients alike. Varma shows how occupation creates worlds of disrupted meaning in which clinical life is connected to political disorder, subverting biomedical neutrality, ethics, and processes of care in profound ways. By highlighting the overlap between humanitarianism and militarism and between care and violence, Varma theorizes care not as a redemptive practice, but as a fraught sphere of action that is never quite what it seems.

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Author:

Saiba Varma

ISBN:

9789382579335

Binding:

Paperback

Year of Publication:

2021

Pages:

312

Publisher:

Yoda Press

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

Saiba Varma is an Assistant Professor of the Psychological/Medical Anthropology subfield. She is a medical and cultural anthropologist working on questions of violence, medicine, psychiatry, and politics as they pertain to Indian-controlled Kashmir and South Asia more generally.

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