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Continuity and change in indigenous health care systems among the Maasai of Kajiado District, Kenya, 1850-2002

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dc.contributor.author Kelel, Magdaline Naseyian
dc.date.issued 2018-10
dc.date.accessioned 2019-04-02T08:39:17Z
dc.date.available 2019-04-02T08:39:17Z
dc.description.abstract Indigenous health care includes diverse health practices, approaches, knowledge and beliefs, as well as procedures and rituals applied to treat, diagnose or prevent illness. Indigenous health care systems are important in many African communities. They have not only enabled people to maintain healthy lives but also to cope with emerging challenges. But indigenous health care systems, like any other social phenomenon, are affected by ecological as well as socio-cultural factors. Indeed indigenous health care has been affected by several factors. For instance, the colonial administration in Kenya introduced policies that undermined and redefined indigenous health care systems. The introductions of Christianity and Western medicine as well as the spread of new diseases are some of the factors that have influenced indigenous health care systems. Despite these challenges the Maasai indigenous health care system has been resurgent. Health care systems are embedded in the social system of meaning rules for behaviour. How people view health is indicative of their own cultural norms, values, practices, and beliefs, which are culturally constructed. Health is thus shaped by cultural and social factors governing perceptions, explanations and value of experience over time. Though the Maasai indigenous health care system is fairly old, it has been influenced by Western medicine as well as political and social changes. The interaction (articulation) of two different systems of health care coupled with social, economic and political changes have led to a redefinition of indigenous health care among the Maasai of Kajiado. Articulation of modes of production theory was used in analyzing the interaction between aspects of the Maasai indigenous health care system with those of modern medicine. The methodology of the study included collection of both primary and secondary data as well as archival reading and field work. Informants were selected through snowball and purposive sampling procedures. The study utilized internal and external criticism for data analysis. This entailed examination of sources and oral narratives collected through field interviews. The primary information was incorporated with information from books, journals, newspapers, magazines, and seminar papers. It is hoped that the information in this thesis will contribute to the debate on the place of indigenous health care systems in the contemporary world. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Division of Research and Extension, Egerton University en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Egerton University en_US
dc.subject Indigenous health care systems en_US
dc.title Continuity and change in indigenous health care systems among the Maasai of Kajiado District, Kenya, 1850-2002 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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