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Religion and Healing in America - Linda L. Barnes

Religion and Healing in America

By: Linda L. Barnes (Editor), Susan S. Sered (Editor)

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Published: 1st November 2004
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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.

"A remarkable work that provides important insights into the diversity of religion and healing in the United States." --Nova Religio "Wide-ranging. Its wealth of descriptive examples span the major ethnic and immigrant groups within the contemporary United States, most major world religious systems, and recent cultural trends such as New Age religious activities and rising interest in complementary-alternative medicine." --American Anthropologist "A rich overview of religious healing in numerous contexts. A valuable overview of the diversity of religious healing approaches in U.S. society." --Medical Anthropology Quarterly "Compelling and comprehensive, Barnes and Sered introduce u to the breadth of the field and a range of analytical approaches that will both intrigue and provoke academics in further debate. Research students and academics will be grateful to the editors for the care and attention lavished on this volume." --Reviews in Religion and Theology "A brilliant contribution to the qualitative study of religion and health.... This volume could be a core text in an undergraduate or graduate-level course on religion and healing in society, ritual studies, or field methods." --Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion "A remarkable work that provides important insights into the diversity of religion and healing in the United States." --Nova Religio "A rich overview of religious healing in numerous contexts. A valuable overview of the diversity of religious healing approaches in U.S. society." --Medical Anthropology Quarterly "Wide-ranging. Its wealth of descriptive examples span the major ethnic and immigrant groups within the contemporary United States, most major world religious systems, and recent cultural trends such as New Age religious activities and rising interest in complementary-alternative medicine." --American Anthropologist "Compelling and comprehensive, Barnes and Sered introduce us to the breadth of the field and a range of analytical approaches that will both intrigue and provoke academics in further debate. Research students and academics will be grateful to the editors for the care and attention lavished on this volume." --Reviews in Religion and Theology "A brilliant contribution to the qualitative study of religion and health.... This volume could be a core text in an undergraduate or graduate-level course on religion and healing in society, ritual studies, or field methods." --Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

Introductionp. 3
The cult of the saints and the reimagination of the space and time of sickness in twentieth-century American Catholicismp. 29
The "spiritual healing project" : a study of the meaning of spiritual healing in the United Church of Christp. 49
Ritual and magic : two diverse approaches to inner healing in the Cambodian American communityp. 59
Procreating women and religion : the politics of spirituality, healing, and childbirth in Americap. 71
Healing into wholeness in the Episcopal churchp. 89
Miraculous migrants to the City of Angels : perceptions of El Santo Nino de Atocha and San Simon as sources of health and healingp. 103
"God made a miracle in my life" : Latino Pentecostal healing in the borderlandsp. 123
The gathering of traditions : the reciprocal alliance of history, ecology, health, and community among the contemporary Chumashp. 139
Religious healing among war-traumatized African immigrantsp. 159
Making Wanga : reality constructions and the magical manipulation of powerp. 173
"Our work is change for the sake of justice" : Hope Community, Minneapolis, Minnesotap. 195
Communing with the dead : spiritual and cultural healing in Chicano/a communitiesp. 205
Spirituality and aging in the San Francisco Japanese communityp. 217
Healing as resistance : reflections upon new forms of American Jewish healingp. 231
Healing in feminist Wiccap. 253
Sexual healing : self-help and therapeutic Christianity in the ex-gay movementp. 265
"Jesus is my doctor" : healing and religion in African American women's livesp. 281
Gender and healing in Navajo societyp. 291
Multiple meanings of Chinese healing in the United Statesp. 307
Rituals of healing in African American spiritual churchesp. 333
Complementary and alternative medicine in America's "two Buddhisms"p. 343
La Mesa del Santo Nino de Atocha and the Conchero dance tradition of Mexico-Tenochtilan : religious healing in urban Mexico and the United Statesp. 359
Subtle energies and the American metaphysical traditionp. 375
Taking seriously the nature of religious healing in Americap. 387
Dimensions of Islamic religious healing in Americap. 407
Health, faith traditions, and South Asian Indians in North Americap. 423
Hmong Shamanism : Animist spiritual healing in America's urban heartlandp. 439
Spirituality and the healing of addictions : a Shamanic drumming approachp. 455
The healing genesp. 471
Religion and healing : the four expectationsp. 487
Afterword : a physician's reflectionsp. 505
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ISBN: 9780195167962
ISBN-10: 0195167961
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 552
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 15.6  x 3.58
Weight (kg): 0.77