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Body, Meaning, Healing : Contemporary Anthropology of Religion (Paperback) - Thomas J. Csordas

Body, Meaning, Healing

Contemporary Anthropology of Religion (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 5th September 2002
ISBN: 9780312293925
Number Of Pages: 321

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Exactly where is the common ground between religion and medicine in phenomena described as "religious healing?" In what sense is the human body a cultural phenomenon and not merely a biological entity? Drawing on over twenty years of research on topics ranging from Navajo and Catholic Charismatic ritual healing to the cultural and religious implications of virtual reality in biomedical technology, Body/Meaning/Healing sensitively examines these questions about human experience and the meaning of being human. In recognizing the way that the meaningfulness of our existence as bodily beings is sometimes created in the encounter between suffering and the sacred, these penetrating ethnographic studies elaborate an experiential understanding of the therapeutic process, and trace the outlines of a cultural phenomenology grounded in embodiment.

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'...sets a new standard for exploring the cultural, phenomenological, religious and even theological aspects of health and wholeness.' - Amos Young, Religious Studies Review

Creditsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Charismatic Transformationsp. 9
The Rhetoric of Transformation in Ritual Healingp. 11
Embodiment as a Paradigm for Anthropologyp. 58
A Handmaid's Talep. 88
The Affliction of Martinp. 100
Navajo Transformationsp. 139
Ritual Healing and the Politics of Identity in Contemporary Navajo Societyp. 141
Talk to Them So They Understandp. 165
The Sore that Does Not Healp. 194
Words from the Holy Peoplep. 219
Modulations of Embodimentp. 239
Somatic Modes of Attentionp. 241
Shades of Representation and Being in Virtual Realityp. 260
Notesp. 285
Bibliographyp. 297
Indexesp. 317
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ISBN: 9780312293925
ISBN-10: 0312293925
Series: Contemporary Anthropology of Religion (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 321
Published: 5th September 2002
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1