Theorizing Complementary and Alternative Medicines PDF ePub eBook

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Theorizing Complementary and Alternative Medicines free pdf Rather than physiological health only, complementary and alternative medicines aim at the production of wellbeing. This wellbeing signifies fulfilment and balance, and an ability to actively navigate the everyday challenges in life. Defining wellbeing in this manner reproduces important ideals shaping understandings of normal and desirable selfhood: individual uniqueness, agency, self-responsibility, and self-fulfilment. These ideals permeate the cultural sphere across Western societies, but at the same time,understandings such as these belong to people with the material and cultural means to engage in the holistic health domain. Addressing the increasing proliferation of complementary and alternative medicines, this book explores the meanings that people attach to non-biomedical health practices and of the therapeutic experiences that emerge through holistic medicines, arguing that these medicines are intimately connected with the changing configurations of selfhood, gender and class.

About Eeva Sointu

EEVA SOINTU Assistant Professor of Sociology at Smith College, USA.

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Author : Eeva Sointu
Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
Data Published : 05 April 2012
ISBN : 0230309313
EAN : 9780230309319
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 264 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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