The Anthropology of Alternative Medicine

Editor/Author Ross, Anamaria Iosif
Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Berg

Price: Core Collection Only
ISBN: 978-1-84520-801-1
Category: Social Sciences - Anthropology
Book Status: Available
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A concise yet wide-ranging exploration of the cultural underpinnings of non-biomedical healing.

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Table of Contents

  • 1 Alternative Medicine in the Twenty-First Century
  • Conflicting Interests Pertaining to the Rise of Integrative Medicine
  • What Distinguishes an Anthropological Approach to Alternative Healing?
  • Dominant Themes and Organization of the Book
  • Anthropology and the Human Journey
  • Healing Power and Agency
  • What Are Cultural Constructions and Why Does It Matter to Health Care?
  • A Bird's Eye Overview of Core Concepts in Medical Anthropology
  • Curing or Healing?
  • Biomedicine and Traditional Medicine
  • Plural Healing in the Global Age: Intersections of Meaning and Power
  • Current Practice: Helminths Return as Promising New Drugs
  • 2 Substance, Energy, and Information Flows
  • From the Flow of Rumors to Exposing the Global Traffic in Organs and Tissues
  • Duality of Water: Vitality and Contamination
  • Current Practice: Homeopathy
  • Energy, Life-Force, and the Powers of the Sun
  • Nourishment and Healing
  • The American Health Foods Movement in the Early Twentieth Century
  • Rising Trend: Alternative Consumption Movements in the Developed World
  • Humoral Medical Traditions, Foods, and Herbs
  • Case Study: ELTA Universitate—Natural Foods, Anesthesia, and Social Renewal
  • Of Information and the Triadic Approach
  • Energy, Dowsing, and Information
  • 3 Spirit, Consciousness, and Trance
  • Altered States, Bodies, and Souls
  • Shamanic Consciousness and Symbolic Healing
  • Hypnosis, Spirit(s), and Healing
  • Current Practice: Rediscovering Hesychasm and the Prayer of the Heart
  • Rising Trend: Healing Addictions with ASCs and Hallucinogens
  • Faith Healing and Pilgrimage
  • Ayurveda and Mental Illness
  • 4 Body, Movement, and the Senses
  • The Anthropology of Sensations and the Multidimensionality of Healing Work
  • Smell and Taste
  • Tactile Experiences
  • Rhythm, Movement, and Music as Life
  • Case Study: Becoming Radiant—Real Reiki in Postsocialist Romania
  • Ascent into the Future: Aromatherapy, Art, and Science, Ancient and Modern
  • Current Practice: Medical Aromatherapy
  • Polythetic Medicine
  • 5 Conclusion: Looking into the Future of Alternative Medicine
  • Acknowledgments
  • References