The social anthropology of sickness and health has always been concerned with religious cosmologies: how societies make sense of such issues as prediction and control of misfortune and fate; the malevolence of others; the benevolence (or otherwise) of the mystical world; local understanding and explanations of the natural and ultra-human worlds. This volume presents differing categorizations and conflicts that occur as people seek to make sense of suffering and their experiences. Cosmologies, whether incorporating the divine or as purely secular, lead us to interpret human action and the human constitution, its ills and its healing and, in particular, ways which determine and limit our very possibilities.
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About the Author
Roland Littlewood is Professor of Anthropology and Psychiatry at UCL. He is a former president of the RAI and has undertaken fieldwork in Trinidad, Haiti, Lebanon, Italy and Albania, and has published eight books and around 200 papers.
Rebecca Lynch is an Assistant Professor in Medical Anthropology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). She has conducted fieldwork in Trinidad and the UK. Taking an approach that crosses the intersection between religion and medicine, she has published on socio-cultural, moral, and scientific constructions of the body, health and illness, and on bodily interaction with the non-human through technology, protocols, bodily fluids, and spirit agents.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Divinity, Disease, Distress
Roland Littlewood and Rebecca Lynch
Chapter 1. Why Animism Matters
Chapter 2. Spreading the Gospel of the Miracle Cure: Panama’s Black Christ
Rodney J. Reynolds
Chapter 3. Madness and Miracles: Hoping for Healing in Rural Ghana
Ursula M. Read
Chapter 4. ‘Sakawa’ Rumours: Occult Internet Fraud and Ghanaian Identity
Chapter 5. To Heal the Body is to Heal Oneself: The Body as Congregation
Chapter 6. Addiction and the Duality of the Self in a North American Religio-Therapeutic Community
Chapter 7. Religious Conversion and Madness: Contested Territory in the Peruvian Andes
David M.R. Orr
Chapter 8. Cosmologies of Fear: The Medicalisation of Anxiety in Contemporary Britain
Chapter 9. Functionalists and Zombis: Sorcery as Spandrel and Social Rescue
Chapter 10. Religion and Psychosis: A Common Evolutionary Trajectory?