Spiritualism and women: An historical, ethnographic, and theoretical analysis of an alternative healing system

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Title:
Spiritualism and women: An historical, ethnographic, and theoretical analysis of an alternative healing system
Author:
Hansen, Kimberly Brooke, 1966-
Issue Date:
1993
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
This thesis is an historical, ethnographic, and theoretical analysis of an alternative health care system, Spiritualist healing, which specifically addresses health and illness issues pertaining to power, gender, and conceptions of the self. In the historical section, the rise of Spiritualism is discussed in terms of the dissatisfaction with orthodox religion, stereotypical gender roles, and allopathic medicine. Spiritualism is still an extant religious philosophy today, as is evidenced in the ethnographic data presented which is based upon research at Spirituality Association United (SAU), a Spiritualist chapel located in a large southwestern city. Women's continued strong participation in Spiritualism is documented and the Spiritualist cosmology at SAU is discussed which revolves around the polysemic concept of healing. Alternative healing strategies such as Spiritualist healing can be considered as partially counter-hegemonic to biomedicine: biomedical practitioners should become more cognizant of alternative health care in our society so that the needs of health seekers are met by informed and open-minded practitioners.
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Religion, General.; Anthropology, Cultural.; Women's Studies.
Degree Name:
M.A.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Anthropology
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Inhorn, Marcia

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleSpiritualism and women: An historical, ethnographic, and theoretical analysis of an alternative healing systemen_US
dc.creatorHansen, Kimberly Brooke, 1966-en_US
dc.contributor.authorHansen, Kimberly Brooke, 1966-en_US
dc.date.issued1993en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis is an historical, ethnographic, and theoretical analysis of an alternative health care system, Spiritualist healing, which specifically addresses health and illness issues pertaining to power, gender, and conceptions of the self. In the historical section, the rise of Spiritualism is discussed in terms of the dissatisfaction with orthodox religion, stereotypical gender roles, and allopathic medicine. Spiritualism is still an extant religious philosophy today, as is evidenced in the ethnographic data presented which is based upon research at Spirituality Association United (SAU), a Spiritualist chapel located in a large southwestern city. Women's continued strong participation in Spiritualism is documented and the Spiritualist cosmology at SAU is discussed which revolves around the polysemic concept of healing. Alternative healing strategies such as Spiritualist healing can be considered as partially counter-hegemonic to biomedicine: biomedical practitioners should become more cognizant of alternative health care in our society so that the needs of health seekers are met by informed and open-minded practitioners.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectReligion, General.en_US
dc.subjectAnthropology, Cultural.en_US
dc.subjectWomen's Studies.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAnthropologyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorInhorn, Marciaen_US
dc.identifier.proquest1353095en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b27588105en_US
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