Publication originale : Anthropologie de la maladie et du mythe au Laos et (...)

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Anthropology of illness and myth in Laos and in South-East Asia

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Anthropology of illness and myth in Laos and in South-East Asia

Length: 1h 06mn 31s 88
Language: French
Video recording of an interview   Shot  on  vendredi 20 juillet 2007  in  Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme 54, Boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris

Participant(s)

Richard Pottier, Interviewee
Professor
Université René Descartes, Paris V

Richard Pottier is a professor of ethnology at René Descartes University, Paris V, faculty of human and social sciences, Sorbonne. He is a member of the “Languages, Music, and Society” laboratory (mixed research unit 8099), and of the CNRS’ national committee. He works in the fields of the anthropology of illness and myth (myths about rice growing). From 1973 to 1979, he was also a staff member of the WHO while carrying his work on therapeutic practices in Laos.


Tatiana Wenker, Interviewer
ESCoM-FMSH
Email: twenker@msh-paris.fr

Scientific discipline(s)

Health, medical anthropology
Medical ethnology

Richard Pottier starts this interview by talking about the project developed by the WHO (World Health Organization) and its impacts on the Lao health system. He then runs through his three main academic topics: socio-anthropological research on the Lao health system (subject of his thesis); Lao therapeutic practices as seen according to “medical anthropology” (he refined his approach in his work entitled YÛ DÎ MÎ HÈNG); anthropology of myths through an exposé on the limits of structural anthropology (Lévi-Strauss), psychoanalysis (Freud), and narrative semiotics (Greimas). He then presents the hypotheses put forth in his work entitled "Anthropologie du mythe" (Anthropology of Myth) and closes by talking about the questions for future research his work raises.





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