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Folk Healing and Health Care Practices in Britain and Ireland
Stethoscopes, Wands and Crystals
Edited by Ronnie Moore and Stuart McClean
288 pages, 4 tables, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-84545-672-6 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (June 2010)
eISBN 978-1-84545-842-3 eBook
“…in this volume, the editors emphasise the interactional and interdependent nature of folk, biomedicine and other alternative and complementary treatments (CAM). Hence, the book will be of value not only to readers who are interested in folk, alternative and complementary medicine but also to those interested in biomedicine. I would recommend the book to many students, teachers, researchers and lay readers.” · Sociology of Health & Illness
Folk, alternative and complementary health care practices in contemporary Western society are currently experiencing a renaissance, albeit with features that are unique to this historical moment. At the same time biomedicine is under scrutiny, experiencing a number of distinct and multifaceted crises. In this volume the authors draw together cutting edge cross-cultural, interdisciplinary research in Britain and Ireland, focusing on exploring the role and significance of healing practices in diverse local contexts, such as the use of crystals, herbs, cures and charms, potions and lotions.
Ronnie Moore currently Lectures in Medical Anthropology and Sociology in the Departments of Sociology and Public Health Medicine and Epidemiology at University College Dublin. Ronnie’s research interests include health disparities; health, conflict and ethnic identity; and conflict theory.
Stuart McClean is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Stuart’s research interests include the resurgence of alternative medicine and healing practices in Western societies, the role of creative arts in health, and the global dimensions surrounding health.
Subject: Medical Anthropology
List of Figures
Chapter 1. Introduction: Folk Healing in Contemporary Britain and Ireland: Revival, Revitalisation or Reinvention?
Ronnie Moore and Stuart McClean
Chapter 2. Folk Healing and a Post-scientific World
Ronnie Moore and Stuart McClean
Chapter 3. The Medical Marketplace and Medical Tradition in Nineteenth-century Ireland
Chapter 4. Folk Healing in Rural Wales: The Use of Wool Measuring
Chapter 5. A General Practice, A Country Practice: The Cure, the Charm and Informal Healing in Northern Ireland
Chapter 6. Rescuing Folk Remedies: Ethnoknowledge and the Reinvention of Indigenous Herbal Medicine in Britain
Chapter 7. Crystal and Spiritual Healing in Northern England: Folk-inspired Systems of Medicine
Chapter 8. Medical Pluralism in the Republic of Ireland: Biomedicines as Ethnomedicines
Anne Macfarlane and Tomas deBrun
Chapter 9. Born To It and Then Pushed Out of It: Folk Healing in the New Complementary and Alternative Medicine Marketplace
Chapter 10. Beyond Legislation: Why Chicken Soup and Regulation Don’t Mix
Chapter 11. Epilogue: Towards Authentic Medicine: Bodies and Boundaries
Stuart McClean and Ronnie Moore
Notes on Contributors
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