Breathing Spaces by Nancy N. Chen
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Breathing Spaces
By Nancy N. Chen

Breathing Spaces

Qigong, Psychiatry, and Healing in China

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Breathing Spaces by Nancy N. Chen

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The charismatic form of healing called qigong, based on meditative breathing exercises, has achieved enormous popularity in China during the last two decades. Qigong served a critical social organizational function, as practitioners formed new informal networks, sometimes on an international scale, at a time when China was shifting from state-subsidized medical care to for-profit market medicine. The emergence of new psychological states deemed to be deviant led the Chinese state to "medicalize" certain forms while championing scientific versions of qigong. By contrast, qigong continues to be promoted outside China as a traditional healing practice. Breathing Spaces brings to life the narratives of numerous practitioners, healers, psychiatric patients, doctors, and bureaucrats, revealing the varied and often dramatic ways they cope with market reform and social changes in China.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780231128056
ISBN-10: 0231128053
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 182mm x 14mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 15-May-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Nancy N. Chen

Nancy N. Chen is associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. A medical anthropologist, she also teaches courses on food, ethnographic film, urban anthropology, China, and Asian Americans.

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