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Knowledge about indigenous health: a study on political andpedagogical processes regarding the schooling of Tikuna people health agents in Alto Solimões (Amazonas).

by de Abreu, Paulo Roberto

Abstract (Summary)
The present doctoral dissertation deals with the schooling of Tikuna health agents in Alto Solimões, in the state of Amazonas, emphasizing the relationship between different knowledge regarding biomedice, spoken culture and thehistory of these amerinds. Such relationships are considered in an interdisciplinary perspective ? emphasizing the historical approach ? which is grounded on results from bibliographic researches and field work in urban and rural areas from the towns that are in the DSEI-AS (Indigenous Special SanitaryDistrict of Alto Solimões).The research takes place in the Indigenous Special Sanitary District of Alto Solimões and refers to the period in between early 1990?s and the first years of 21st century. During this time, there was a significant increase in the number of Tikunas? health agents due to the interestof different organizations, governmental or not. These health agents act according to the guidelines of SUS (Unified Health System), in services of basic attention to health in hamlets and, in some cases, in urban areas as mediatorsand protagonists of the relationships established among practices and fields of knowledge regarding biomedicine and Tikuna ethno medicine. Through analysis of the schooling guided by FUNASA (National Health Foundation) andaccompanied by the health agents, it is possible to verify a predominance of biomedicine logic in the processes of tuition-learning, which affects the dialogic perspective and the exchange of knowledge.
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Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Eduardo Navarro Stotz

School:Faculdades Oswaldo Cruz

School Location:Brazil

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:Health Services Indigenous Policy Population Tikuna

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Date of Publication:12/01/2008

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