Books and Edited Volumes
Healing Elements: Efficacy and the Social Ecologies of Tibetan Medicine (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012).
“Healing Elements is a beautiful ethnography of the practices, products and epistemology of Tibetan Medicine. Through her rich and gifted storytelling of experiences spanning a decade, Craig weaves together a mosaic of the medical and therapeutic engagements of the troubled whole that is Tibetan Medicine today. Healing Elements shows us how this conversation itself constitutes a path toward healing.” – Vincanne Adams, Professor of Medical Anthropology at the University of California, San Francisco.
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Himalaya 30: 1-2, 2010 . Special issue, “Development in Tibet: Land, Labor, and Social Policy in a Context of Rapid Transition.” K. Bauer, G. Childs, S. Craig, and A. Fischer, eds.
Tibetan communities across China are undergoing rapid and potentially irreversible social, economic and cultural changes. This book presents new perspectives on the current situation of Tibetans and provides a baseline for assessing the magnitude and direction of future changes. From a range of disciplinary perspectives, the authors provide original analyses based on first-hand fieldwork and a careful scrutiny of official documents and data as they examine three key aspects of Tibet’s development: pastoral production, labor and social policy. This collection of essays represents the most up-to-date and comprehensive assessment of development transitions on the Tibetan Plateau, and forms an important contribution to development studies of contemporary societies undergoing rapid change within China.
Medicine Between Science and Religion: Explorations on Tibetan Grounds. V. Adams, M. Schrempf, and S. Craig eds. (Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, 2010)
“This beautifully crafted volume explores the entanglement of science, medicine and religion, thus transporting us beyond all too common dualistic oppositions of tradition and modernity, science and religion. Close examination of the history of modern Tibetan medicine, and of healing encounters, clinical research and institutional changes, make it startlingly evident how biomedical science and its practices are extensively translated and transformed through incorporation into diverse Tibetan settings, even as Tibetan medicine, long since syncretic, is made yet more so – the traffic is decidedly two-way. Grounded in the sensibility of the sowa rigpa – the “science of healing” foundational to Tibetan medicine, these essays permit no facile interpretation of biomedicine as either usurper or savior. The profoundly humanistic insights of this book have worldwide significance, and should be read diligently by everyone involved in global health care and the social sciences of medicine.” · Margaret Lock, Co-author, An Anthropology of Biomedicine