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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Bodies, Therapies, Senses, 1st edition

  • Ruth Barcan

Published by Berg Publishers (November 22nd 2011) - Copyright © 2011

1st edition

Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Bodies, Therapies, Senses

ISBN-13: 9781845207427

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Overview

Alternative therapies, once the province of the hippie counterculture, are now a mainstream phenomenon. But they are more than a medical and economic sensation. At once spiritual and bodily, medical and recreational, they are an enormously popular cultural practice bound up with the pleasure-seeking drive of consumer culture as well as with spiritual and neo-liberal values.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine critically examines this phenomenon - which some denounce as the triumph of superstition over reason - by asking practitioners themselves what makes these therapies so appealing.

Drawing on a wealth of interviews with Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) practitioners as well as on the author's longstanding participation in CAM culture, the book provides a much needed look from both the inside and the outside of the CAM phenomenon. This book is essential reading for students and scholars of cultural studies, anthropology, sensory studies and sociology.

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Vision: The Power of Sight
Chapter 3: Sound: Good Vibrations
Chapter 4: Touch: Knowing Touch: Bodywork
Chapter 5: The Sixth Sense: Intuition
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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