Paradox, Process, and Mystery: An Exploration of Anthropology and Healing

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/110936
Title:
Paradox, Process, and Mystery: An Exploration of Anthropology and Healing
Author:
Miller, Janneli F.
Citation:
Arizona Anthropologist 11:1-29. © 1994 Association of Student Anthropologists, Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85719
Publisher:
University of Arizona, Department of Anthropology
Journal:
Arizona Anthropologist
Issue Date:
1994
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/110936
Abstract:
This paper examines anthropological studies of healing. It asserts that since healing is not merely a cognitive undertaking, research which addresses only intellectual realms will be incomplete. An abbreviated review of the history of anthropology and healing begins with a summary of the development of medical anthropology and ethnomedicine and continues with a discussion of six topical areas related to research on healing. These are the symbolic, performative, psychological, processual, political-economic perspectives, as well as that of efficacy. The processual nature of healing is investigated, especially in regards to its relationship with ritual. Finally, directions for further research are explored. It is argued that patient-healer relations are central to successful healing interactions, and that the presence and agency of participants can be a point of departure for research. Furthermore, attention to ambiguity, aesthetics, and death is needed in order to situate the practice of healing. A call is made for self-reflective, engaged, meaning-centered research on healing.
Type:
Article
Language:
en_US
ISSN:
1062-1601

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMiller, Janneli F.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-10T01:48:58Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-10T01:48:58Z-
dc.date.issued1994-
dc.identifier.citationArizona Anthropologist 11:1-29. © 1994 Association of Student Anthropologists, Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85719en_US
dc.identifier.issn1062-1601-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/110936-
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines anthropological studies of healing. It asserts that since healing is not merely a cognitive undertaking, research which addresses only intellectual realms will be incomplete. An abbreviated review of the history of anthropology and healing begins with a summary of the development of medical anthropology and ethnomedicine and continues with a discussion of six topical areas related to research on healing. These are the symbolic, performative, psychological, processual, political-economic perspectives, as well as that of efficacy. The processual nature of healing is investigated, especially in regards to its relationship with ritual. Finally, directions for further research are explored. It is argued that patient-healer relations are central to successful healing interactions, and that the presence and agency of participants can be a point of departure for research. Furthermore, attention to ambiguity, aesthetics, and death is needed in order to situate the practice of healing. A call is made for self-reflective, engaged, meaning-centered research on healing.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Arizona, Department of Anthropologyen_US
dc.titleParadox, Process, and Mystery: An Exploration of Anthropology and Healingen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalArizona Anthropologisten_US
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