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Quêtes de soins au féminin. Une ethnographie des « maux de femmes » et du pluralisme thérapeutique en Médoc (France)

Abstract : This thesis in medical anthropology explores the diversity of knowledge and care practices dedicated to prevention and treatment of health problems considered as specifically feminine in rural France. The ethnography was conducted in the Medoc peninsula, an area where nature related imaginary leads to representations between fantasy and stigmas from the local population. It is also an area discussed for its medical desertification alike other French rural areas. In this context, observations and qualitative interviews were conducted with about sixty women and forty care actors with various profiles in order to understand and present the contours and dynamics of local therapeutic pluralism dedicated to “women health issues”. This operational category stands for all illness, sickness and diseases, often sensitive, taboo and revealed to me in confidence. This thesis enlightens women’s diverse uses of healthcare in their singular therapeutic itineraries, made of biomedical care, specialized or not in the sexual and reproductive health sector, of non-conventional or alternative medicines and of domestic cares. The overall reflection addresses the complementarity of treatments developed by users of therapeutic pluralism in their quest for health, and questions women’s personal quest according to the way treatments normalize or not their practices, make them actor of their own health or not, or re-invent or re-conduct gender norms.
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Clara Lemonnier. Quêtes de soins au féminin. Une ethnographie des « maux de femmes » et du pluralisme thérapeutique en Médoc (France). Anthropologie sociale et ethnologie. Université de Bordeaux, 2016. Français. ⟨NNT : 2016BORD0084⟩. ⟨tel-01370308⟩



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