Faith, Health, and Healing in African American Life
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Faith, Health, and Healing in African American Life

by Stephanie Y. Mitchem
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275993752

ISBN-13: 9780275993757

Pub. Date: 08/30/2008

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Black Americans are more likely than Whites to die of cancer and heart disease, more likely to get diabetes and asthma, and less likely to get preventive care and screening. Some of this greater morbidity results from education, income level, and environment as well as access to health care. But the traditional medical model does not always allow for a more

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Overview

Black Americans are more likely than Whites to die of cancer and heart disease, more likely to get diabetes and asthma, and less likely to get preventive care and screening. Some of this greater morbidity results from education, income level, and environment as well as access to health care. But the traditional medical model does not always allow for a more holistic approach that takes into account the body, the mind, the spirit, the family, and the community. This book offers a better understanding of the varieties of religiously-based approaches to healing and alternative models of healing and health found in Black communities in the United States. Contributors address the communal aspects of faith and health and explore the contexts in which individuals make choices about their health, the roles that institutions play in shaping these decisions, and the practices individuals engage in seeking better health or coping with the health they have. By paying attention to the role of faith, spirit, and health, this book offers a fuller sense of the varieties of ways Black health and health care are perceived and addressed from an inter-religious perspective.

Community and religion-based initiatives have emerged as one key way to address the health challenges found in the African American community. In cities such as Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, and Oakland, residents organize exercise groups, teach one another how to cook with healthy ingredients, and encourage neighbors to get regular checkups. Churches have become key sites for health education, screening, and testing. Another set of responses to the challenge of Black health and healthcare in the United States comes from those who emphasize the body as a whole—body, mind, soul, and spirit, often drawing on religious traditions such as Islam and African-based religions such as Spiritism, Santeria, Vodun (aka Voodoo), Candomblé, and others. Understanding the issues and the various approaches is essential to combating the problems, and this unique volume sheds light on areas often overlooked when considering the issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275993757
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/2008
Series:
Religion, Health, and Healing Series
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword

Introduction

Part I. Ancestral Songs

Chapter 1 Natural/Supernatural: African American Hoodoo Narratives of Sickness and Healing Yvonne Chireau

Chapter 2 Holistic Health and Healing: Environmental Racism and Ecological Justice Dwight N. Hopkins

Part II. Health and Healing across the Diaspora

Chapter 3 Bodies in Time and the Healing of Spaces: Religion, Temporalities, and Health Charles H. Long

Chapter 4 Spiritual Illness and Healing: If the Lord Wills Arvilla Payne-Jackson

Part III. The Arts of Ritual and Practice

Chapter 5 The Marking of the Body, Memory, and the Meaning of Suffering in Phyllis Alesia Perrys Stigmata Carolyn M. Jones

Chapter 6 Just Awailing and Aweeping: Grief, Lament, and Hope as We Face the End of Life Emilie M. Townes

Chapter 7 Honoring the Body: Ritual of Breath and Breathing C. S'thembile West

Part IV. Analyzing Social Realities

Chapter 8 The Destruction of Aunt Esters House: Faith, Health, and Healing in the African American Community Terri Baltimore and Mindy Thompson Fullilove

Chapter 9 The Unspoken, the Spoken, and Affirmed: Meanings of Healing, Same Gender-Loving African Americans, and Black Churches Linda L. Barnes

Part V. Finding/Making Wellness

Chapter 10 "Seeking Help for the Body in the Well Being of the Soul Rosemary Gooden

Chapter 11 Too Old for the Club, But Always at Home in the Club: Health, Spirituality, and Social Support Among Adult Black Gay Men in Oaklands Cable Reef D. Mark Wilson

Chapter 12 Spiritual Wellness in the Lives of African American Women Stephanie Y. Mitchem

Bibliography

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