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The Legitimacy of Healthcare and Public HealthHealth Sovereignty in West-Central Mexico: Legitimacy from the Grassroots

The Legitimacy of Healthcare and Public Health: Health Sovereignty in West-Central Mexico:... [This chapter explores a community of food/health sovereigntists in peri-urban Mexico. In Mexico, the biomedical medical system is hegemonic; thus it is important to study the grassroots resistance to the dominant medical system through the self-proclaimed food/health sovereignty movement, a collection of individuals seeking to challenge the dominant narrative and trend towards globalized systems of food production and health practices. A key activity of the movement are talleres verdes (green workshops), which range in focus from yoga and meditation to farming techniques, to making household cleaners and personal soaps. Participation in the green workshops signals social capital—reflecting the ability of an individual to provide necessary foods and frontline medicines for themselves and their families and support the dissemination and perpetuation of this knowledge. This movement is examined ethnographically with data collected between 2008 and 2021. Interviews, participant-observation, and material culture analysis of health sovereignty activities provide a rich understanding of the position of the grassroots movement as challenging the legitimacy of biomedicine and industrial agriculture. Green workshops are analysed around three essential foci: (1) the people, (2) the community, and (3) their purpose.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

The Legitimacy of Healthcare and Public HealthHealth Sovereignty in West-Central Mexico: Legitimacy from the Grassroots

Editors: Pardo, Italo; Prato, Giuliana B.

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023
ISBN
978-3-031-25591-5
Pages
207 –222
DOI
10.1007/978-3-031-25592-2_11
Publisher site
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Abstract

[This chapter explores a community of food/health sovereigntists in peri-urban Mexico. In Mexico, the biomedical medical system is hegemonic; thus it is important to study the grassroots resistance to the dominant medical system through the self-proclaimed food/health sovereignty movement, a collection of individuals seeking to challenge the dominant narrative and trend towards globalized systems of food production and health practices. A key activity of the movement are talleres verdes (green workshops), which range in focus from yoga and meditation to farming techniques, to making household cleaners and personal soaps. Participation in the green workshops signals social capital—reflecting the ability of an individual to provide necessary foods and frontline medicines for themselves and their families and support the dissemination and perpetuation of this knowledge. This movement is examined ethnographically with data collected between 2008 and 2021. Interviews, participant-observation, and material culture analysis of health sovereignty activities provide a rich understanding of the position of the grassroots movement as challenging the legitimacy of biomedicine and industrial agriculture. Green workshops are analysed around three essential foci: (1) the people, (2) the community, and (3) their purpose.]

Published: May 4, 2023

Keywords: Talleres Verdes /Green workshops; Food/health sovereignty movement; Mexico

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