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Editors: Mercedes Saizar, Ph.D. and Mariana Bordes, Ph.D. (National Council of Scientific and Technological Research, Argentina)
Book Description:
This book addresses the phenomenon of alternative therapies in Latin America from the point of view of the social sciences by adopting sociological, anthropological, ethnographical, and historical perspectives. It gathers the most important and current discussions around the topic of alternative therapies. Different outlooks on alternative medicines are put into dialogue covering micro and macro aspects of the phenomenon. The chapters cover the phenomenon in three countries of great importance within the region such as Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil. In the case of Argentina, it comprises cases of rural and urban areas.
The authors who participate in this compilation are also well-known researchers in the field. They are stable members of the national research systems in their countries and active members of different groups devoted to the study of alternative therapies in sociological contexts, medical anthropology, and religions.
The book provides a different outlook concerning traditional studies on Latin America; it includes in the debate the analysis of a phenomenon usually associated with the urban middle classes, to the context of pluricultural and multi-ethnic societies, where ethnic groups live together with Creoles and mestizos. (Nova Biomedical)

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Table of Contents:


Chapter 1. The Use of Alternative Medicines in Intercultural Contexts of Argentina (pp. 1-22)
(Anatilde Idoyaga Molina)

Chapter 2. Healing in a Temazcal (Indigenous Sweat Lodge): Experiences from Rural Mexico to Holistic Spirituality Circles (pp. 23-38)
(Renée De la Torre and Cristina Gutiérrez Zúñiga)

Chapter 3. The Offer of Alternative/Complementary Therapies in the Brazilian Public Health System and Considerations about the Limits of the New Age (pp. 39-58)
(Rodrigo Toniol)

Chapter 4. Therapeutic Diversity and Public Health Policies among Vulnerable Populations: A Study in Bahia, Brazil (pp. 59-76)
(Fatima Tavares and Carlos Caroso, Universidad Federal de Río de Janeiro, Brasil, and others)

Chapter 5. A Qualitative Study on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: The Appropriation of Eastern Practices or the Practice of Mindfulness? (pp. 77-90)
(Guido Pablo Korman and Maria Mercedes Saizar)

Chapter 6. Therapeutic Cultures and Self-Help Books: Constructing Different Models of Social Bonds Based on Healing the Body and Spirit (pp. 91-108)
(Vanina Papalini)

Chapter 7. Healing in Christ: Approaches to the Study of Evangelical Therapy to Treat Drug Addiction (pp. 109-126)
(Mariela Mosqueira and Joaquin Algranti)

Chapter 8. Alternative Therapies and Chronic Illness: Foundations on Selection and Use by Patients in Buenos Aires (Argentina) (pp. 127-140)
(Mercedes Sarudiansky)

Chapter 9. Non-Conventional Practitioners in Buenos Aires City Hospitals: Entry and Permanence Strategies in Informal Laboral Settings Based on the Construction of Social Bonds (pp. 141-158)
(Mariana Bordes)

Chapter 10. Care and Treatment of Psychic Suffering as a Palimpsest: An Analyisis of the Establishment of the Lomas Asylum Therapeutic Community between 1968 and 1971 (Buenos Aires, Argentina) (pp. 159-170)
(Anahi Sy)

Chapter 11. Bodily Representations and Health Care in the Sai Baba Movement in Argentina (pp. 171-186)
(Rodolfo Puglisi)

Chapter 12. What the Body Knows and Physicians Don't: Body and Experience from the Viewpoint of Alternative Therapies Practitioners (pp. 187-198)
(María Mercedes Saizar)

Bibliography (pp. 199-242)

About the Editor (pp. 243-244)

Index (pp. 245)

Total Pages: 252

      Alternative Medicine, Health and Wellness
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: January 29, 2018
   ISBN: 978-1-53612-694-5
   Status: AV
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