Medicine – Religion – Spirituality

Global Perspectives on Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Healing

In modern societies the functional differentiation of medicine and religion is the predominant paradigm. Contemporary therapeutic practices and concepts in healing systems, such as Transpersonal Psychology, Ayurveda, as well as Buddhist and Anthroposophic medicine, however, are shaped by medical as well as religious or spiritual elements. This book investigates configurations of the entanglement between medicine, religion, and spirituality in Europe, Asia, North America, and Africa. How do political and legal conditions affect these healing systems? How do they relate to religious and scientific discourses? How do therapeutic practitioners position themselves between medicine and religion, and what is their appeal for patients?

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2018-10-18, 274 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-4582-8

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1. Why did you choose this topic?

Traditional, complementary and alternative healing practices are increasingly popular.

2. What new perspectives does your book offer?

It offers non-normative and social scientific perspectives from the Study of Religion on alternative healing.

3. What makes your topic relevant for current research debates?

The focus on the entanglement of religion and spirituality with medicine adds a new perspective to current debates about secularization and differentiation. Besides, it offers possible explanations of the recent popularity of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

4. Choose one person you would like to discuss your book with!

Niklas Luhmann.

5. Your book summary in one sentence:

The book analyzes the entanglement of therapeutic, religious and spiritual aspects in contemporary Asian, European, North-American, and African societies.

Book title
Medicine – Religion – Spirituality Global Perspectives on Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Healing
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
274
Features
kart.
ISBN
978-3-8376-4582-8
DOI
Commodity Group
1541
BIC-Code
HRA JHB MB
BISAC-Code
REL000000 SOC022000 MED000000
THEMA-Code
QRA JHB MB
Release date
2018-10-18
Edition
1
Topics
Medizin, Religion
Readership
Study of Religions, Anthropology, Indology, Japanese Studies, African Studies, Sociology, Medicine
Keywords/Tags
Religion, Spirituality, Entanglement, CAM, Traditional Medicine, Medicine, Religious Studies, Body, Care

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