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SEMAN, Pablo. La heterogénea construcción del sufrimiento en el Gran Buenos Aires. Horiz. antropol. [online]. 1998, vol.4, n.9, pp.29-45. ISSN 0104-7183.

This work describes three different ways of conceiving suffering and cure, and consequently, three different concepts of a personhood. The ethnographic work was done in a peripherical region of Buenos Aires metropolitan area. It focus in the inquire about the therapeutic and religious experiences of these people. Religious agents – pentecostal and catholics –, healers, doctors and psychologists are a set of common resources from wich this population selects and combines terms that are the basis of three different conceptions: the monist conception, based on the close relationship between the physical and the moral categories; the dualist conception, based on the spiritual and material distinction; and the trialist conception, wich includes a psychological element, a reaction against the dualist conception, and it aims a partial recuperation and an original reelaboration of the monist conception.

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