Professor

Steven Feierman

University of Pennsylvania
Area
Humanities and Arts
Specialty
History
Member Since
2018

Feierman works at the intersection of history, history of medicine, and anthropology. His work shows how historical-cultural practices, grounded in a morality of economics, politics, and the person, shape east African worlds. The Shambaa Kingdom (1974), a new kind of history, explored how regional conceptions of sovereignty underlay precolonial politics. Peasant Intellectuals: Anthropology and History in Tanzania (1990) showed that people used these cultural repertoires to challenge colonial representations of agricultural science, modernity, and justice. His current research is uncovering a shadow medical system, created from the ground up, that penetrates and reconfigures biomedical hospital and clinic but is rooted in old and humane values.


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