Alternative Therapies in Latin America: Policies, Practices and Beliefs

Mercedes Saizar, Ph.D. and Mariana Bordes, Ph.D. (Editors)
National Council of Scientific and Technological Research, Argentina

Series: Alternative Medicine, Health and Wellness
BISAC: MED004000

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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.

Preface

Chapter 1. The Use of Alternative Medicines in Intercultural Contexts of Argentina
(Anatilde Idoyaga Molina, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Centro Argentino de Etnología Americana, Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Chapter 2. Healing in a Temazcal (Indigenous Sweat Lodge): Experiences from Rural Mexico to Holistic Spirituality Circles
(Renée De la Torre and Cristina Gutiérrez Zúñiga, CIESAS-Occidente, México, and others)

Chapter 3. The Offer of Alternative/Complementary Therapies in the Brazilian Public Health System and Considerations about the Limits of the New Age
(Rodrigo Toniol, Universidad de Campinas, Campinas, Brasil)

Chapter 4. Therapeutic Diversity and Public Health Policies among Vulnerable Populations: A Study in Bahia, Brazil
(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?
(Guido Pablo Korman and Maria Mercedes Saizar, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Centro Argentino de Etnología Americana, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and others)

Chapter 6. Therapeutic Cultures and Self-Help Books: Constructing Different Models of Social Bonds Based on Healing the Body and Spirit
(Vanina Papalini, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios sobre Cultura y Sociedad, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas y Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina)

Chapter 7. Healing in Christ: Approaches to the Study of Evangelical Therapy to Treat Drug Addiction
(Mariela Mosqueira and Joaquin Algranti, Universidad de Buenos Aires- Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas- Centro de Investigaciones Laborales, Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Chapter 8. Alternative Therapies and Chronic Illness: Foundations on Selection and Use by Patients in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
(Mercedes Sarudiansky, Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Buenos Aires, Argentina)

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
(Mariana Bordes, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Centro Argentino de Etnología Americana, Universidad Nacional de Lanús)

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)
(Anahi Sy, Universidad Nacional de Lanús, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Chapter 11. Bodily Representations and Health Care in the Sai Baba Movement in Argentina
(Rodolfo Puglisi, Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Chapter 12. What the Body Knows and Physicians Don't: Body and Experience from the Viewpoint of Alternative Therapies Practitioners
(María Mercedes Saizar, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Centro Argentino de Etnología Americana, Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Index

Keywords: Health, Alternative Medicine, Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Illness, Disease, Pain, Ethnomedical Configuration, Medical Systems, Body, Experience, Religious Medicine, Ritual, State, Policies, Health Market

Audience: Researchers, Lecturers and Scholars whom study in a wide range of topics:
Medical Anthropology
Anthropology of Illness
Community Health Services
Medical Sociology
Complementary and Alternative Medicines
Psychology
Religious Studies
Public Health
Latin America Studies
Eastern Studies- Budhism- Yoga

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