Power and Contradiction: Unlikely Alliances
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In this chapter, the author examines the manner in which religious beliefs and practices play an integral role in healing and can influence nutritional status. explores the struggle among Christian groups and proponents of the Ifugao indigenous religion, and explores these groups’ relationships to a development program and biomedical programs operating in Ifugao. She considers what impact these power relations had on the processes geared toward improving the health and nutritional status of Ifugao people and on the meanings each group attributed to illness, undernutrition, and poverty. The author explains three propositions regarding influences of Christianity on Ifugao culture, gender, and Ifugao people’s nutritional status. When considering problems of health and healing and the means used to alleviate poor health among Ifugao people, she found that there were numerous complicated alliances and disjunctures of power among different groups of people.