Religion and Healing in America / Edition 1

Religion and Healing in America / Edition 1

by Linda L. Barnes
     
 

Throughout much of the modern era, faith healing received attention only when it came into conflict with biomedical practice. During the 1990s, however, American culture changed dramatically and religious healing became a commonplace feature of our society. Increasing numbers of mainstream churches and synagogues began to hold held "healing services" and

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Throughout much of the modern era, faith healing received attention only when it came into conflict with biomedical practice. During the 1990s, however, American culture changed dramatically and religious healing became a commonplace feature of our society. Increasing numbers of mainstream churches and synagogues began to hold held "healing services" and "healing circles." The use of complementary and alternative therapies-some connected with spiritual or religious traditions-became widespread, and the growing hospice movement drew attention to the spiritual aspects of medical care. At the same time, changes in immigration laws brought to the United States new cultural communities, each with their own approaches to healing. Cuban santeros, Haitian mambos and oungans, Cambodian Buddhist priests, Chinese herbalist-acupuncturists, and Hmong shamans are only a few of the newer types of American religious healers, often found practicing within blocks of prestigious biomedical institutions.
This book offers a richly comprehensive collection of essays examining this new reality. It brings together, for the first time, scholars from a wide variety of disciplinary perspectives to explore the relatively uncharted field of religious healing as understood and practiced in diverse cultural communities in the United States. The book will be an invaluable resource for students of anthropology, religious studies, American studies, and ethnic studies, health care professionals, clergy, and anyone interested in the changing American cultural landscape.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195167962
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/08/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
552
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Linda L. Barnes directs the Boston Healing Landscape Project, an institute for the study of religions, medicines, and healing, at Boston University School of Medicine, where she is on the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics. She is a historian, medical anthropologist, and religion scholar whose work bridges these disciplines.
Susan S. Sered is the research director of the Religion, Health and Healing Initiative at Harvard University's Center for the Study of World Religions, and Associate Professor of Anthropology at Bar Ilan University in Israel. Her work spans the fields of medical anthropology, religious studies, and gender studies. Sered's award-winning books include Priestess, Mother, Sacred Sister: Religions Dominated by Women (OUP, 1994).

Table of Contents

Introduction3
1The cult of the saints and the reimagination of the space and time of sickness in twentieth-century American Catholicism29
2The "spiritual healing project" : a study of the meaning of spiritual healing in the United Church of Christ49
3Ritual and magic : two diverse approaches to inner healing in the Cambodian American community59
4Procreating women and religion : the politics of spirituality, healing, and childbirth in America71
5Healing into wholeness in the Episcopal church89
6Miraculous migrants to the City of Angels : perceptions of El Santo Nino de Atocha and San Simon as sources of health and healing103
7"God made a miracle in my life" : Latino Pentecostal healing in the borderlands123
8The gathering of traditions : the reciprocal alliance of history, ecology, health, and community among the contemporary Chumash139
9Religious healing among war-traumatized African immigrants159
10Making Wanga : reality constructions and the magical manipulation of power173
11"Our work is change for the sake of justice" : Hope Community, Minneapolis, Minnesota195
12Communing with the dead : spiritual and cultural healing in Chicano/a communities205
13Spirituality and aging in the San Francisco Japanese community217
14Healing as resistance : reflections upon new forms of American Jewish healing231
15Healing in feminist Wicca253
16Sexual healing : self-help and therapeutic Christianity in the ex-gay movement265
17"Jesus is my doctor" : healing and religion in African American women's lives281
18Gender and healing in Navajo society291
19Multiple meanings of Chinese healing in the United States307
20Rituals of healing in African American spiritual churches333
21Complementary and alternative medicine in America's "two Buddhisms"343
22La Mesa del Santo Nino de Atocha and the Conchero dance tradition of Mexico-Tenochtilan : religious healing in urban Mexico and the United States359
23Subtle energies and the American metaphysical tradition375
24Taking seriously the nature of religious healing in America387
25Dimensions of Islamic religious healing in America407
26Health, faith traditions, and South Asian Indians in North America423
27Hmong Shamanism : Animist spiritual healing in America's urban heartland439
28Spirituality and the healing of addictions : a Shamanic drumming approach455
29The healing genes471
30Religion and healing : the four expectations487
31Afterword : a physician's reflections505

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