Dr Anna Waldstein is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Anthropology and Ethnobotany at the University of Kent. Her doctoral work focused on women’s popular medical knowledge and self-care practices in both indigenous and mestizo communities in Mexico, and among Mexican migrants in the south-eastern United States.

Her current research centres on the political and spiritual dimensions of medicinal plant-use, and the historical relationship between medicine and social control, as well as issues related to embodiment, intersubjectivity and spirituality. She has been conducting ethographic research with the UK Rastafari movement since 2011.

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