The Performance of Healing
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Performance of Healing by Carol Laderman
Book DescriptionMedical systems need to be understood from within, as experienced by healers, patients, and others whose minds and hearts have both become involved in this important human undertaking. Exploring how the performance of healing transforms illness to health, initiate to ritual specialist, the authors show that performance does not merely refer to, but actually does something in the world. These essays on the performance of healing in societies ranging from rainforest horticulturalists to dwellers in the American megalopolis will touch readers' senses as well as their intellects.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415912006
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 8-Feb-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Carol Laderman
Taming the Wind of Desire, Paperback (March 1993)
An ethnographic study of Malay healing ceremonies involving the practices of shamen, who place their patients in a trance and encourage them to express their inner thoughts in a type of performance. The ceremony reveals a psychological content relevant to Western medical practice today.
Wives and Midwives, Paperback (June 1987)» View all books by Carol Laderman
Offers a picture of the daily life of rural Malays, focusing on their dietary practices and the ritual and medical aspects of childbirth procedures.
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Author Biography - Carol Laderman
Carol Laderman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at City College--CUNY. She is the author of Wives and Midwives (1983) and Taming the Wind of Desire (1991). Marina Roseman, the author of Healing Sounds from the Malaysian Rainforest (1991) is Assistant Professor in the Departments of Music, Anthropology, Folklore and Folklife, and Associate Faculty of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.
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