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Paths to Protection (completed)

A Study of Pluralistic Medical Practices among Nomadic Herder Women in Mongolia


About the project

This project seeks to explore the dynamics of medical pluralism in contemporary Mongolia, focusing on nomadic herder women's multiple paths to protection of their own and their children's health.

Taking a perspective sensitive to experience and socio-economic factors, the proposed project seeks to describe and analyze how perceptions and knowledge of curative medicine and preventive health measures intersect with mothers' rationales in their protective practices.

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Primary objective:

  • To generate new ethnographic knowledge on women's paths to protection in a pluralistic medical landscape in contemporary Mongolia.

Secondary objectives:

  • To generate new knowledge on Mongolian herder women's paths to protect their own health and that of their children
  • To generate new knowledge on the dynamics of medical pluralism in Mongolia
  • To generate new knowledge on the dynamics between access to healthcare and socio-economic realities in contemporary Mongolia, with a comparative focus on rural and peri-urban areas


The post-doctoral project will be based at the Section for Medical Anthropology and Medical History at the Institute of Health and Society for a period of 3 years, including 6 months fieldwork in Mongolia and 6 months as visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, England.


  • Norwegian Research Council


  • The Health Sciences University of Mongolia, School of Public Health
  • National Cancer Center, Ministry of Health of Mongolia

Start - Finish

01.06.2011 – 31.05.2014 

Tags: Global South
Published Apr. 5, 2011 6:48 PM - Last modified July 27, 2016 2:06 PM


Project leader:

Benedikte Victoria Lindskog