Rastas on the road to healing: plant-human mobilities in Cape Town, South Africa

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Fuh, Divine en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Wynberg, Rachel en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Reid, Andrew M en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-02T09:44:57Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-02T09:44:57Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Reid, A. 2014. Rastas on the road to healing: plant-human mobilities in Cape Town, South Africa. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/6795
dc.description.abstract Drawing on two months of deep ethnographic fieldwork consisting of informal conversations, recorded life history interviews, and participant observation, this dissertation employs a central theme of mobility to trace the processes through which individuals first come to engage with Rastafari and medicinal plants in Cape Town, South Africa, along with the movements through which they develop their knowledge and skill in relation to plant-medicines and healing. In doing so, the work develops an understanding of ganja (Cannabis sativa) as a catalytic link or connector between people, other medicinal plants, and transformation. Furthermore, plant-human assemblages are followed as they move across local and regional boundaries, with an examination of the implications these movements have for the health of people and ecosystems. On their transformational journeys, herbalists increase their plant knowledge, expand their secondary language capacity, learn to navigate multiple modes of transport, gain physical stamina and knowledge of the body, establish trade networks and build customer bases;; all of which contribute to the authority and healing abilities of an herbalist. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.title Rastas on the road to healing: plant-human mobilities in Cape Town, South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Social Anthropology en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationname MSocSc en_ZA
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