Breathing Spaces: Qigong, Psychiatry, and Healing in China / Edition 1

Breathing Spaces: Qigong, Psychiatry, and Healing in China / Edition 1

by Nancy N. Chen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0231128053

ISBN-13: 9780231128056

Pub. Date: 05/29/2003

Publisher: Columbia University Press

The charismatic form of healing called qigong, based on meditative breathing exercises, has achieved enormous popularity in China during the last two decades. Qigong served a critical social organizational function, as practitioners formed new informal networks, sometimes on an international scale, at a time when China was shifting from state-subsidized medical

Overview

The charismatic form of healing called qigong, based on meditative breathing exercises, has achieved enormous popularity in China during the last two decades. Qigong served a critical social organizational function, as practitioners formed new informal networks, sometimes on an international scale, at a time when China was shifting from state-subsidized medical care to for-profit market medicine. The emergence of new psychological states deemed to be deviant led the Chinese state to "medicalize" certain forms while championing scientific versions of qigong. By contrast, qigong continues to be promoted outside China as a traditional healing practice. Breathing Spaces brings to life the narratives of numerous practitioners, healers, psychiatric patients, doctors, and bureaucrats, revealing the varied and often dramatic ways they cope with market reform and social changes in China.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231128056
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
05/29/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,038,320
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface1. Introduction2. Fever3. Riding the Tiger4. Qigong Deviation or Psychosis5. Chinese Psychiatry and the Search for Order6. Mandate of Science7. Transnational Qigong8. Suffering and HealingGlossary

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