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Introduction: critical approaches to the entanglement of religion, medicine, and healing


Klassen, Pamela E; Hetmanczyk, Philipp; Lüddeckens, Dorothea; Stein, Justin B (2022). Introduction: critical approaches to the entanglement of religion, medicine, and healing. In: Lüddeckens, Dorothea; Hetmanczyk, Philipp; Klassen, Pamela E; Stein, Justin B. The Routledge handbook of religion, medicine, and health. London: Routledge, 1-10.

Abstract

A global pandemic shifts many things into new perspective, including the connections between religion, medicine, and healing. The danger posed by a virus like SARS-CoV-2 reveals how the flow of people, their views of the body, and their communal practices can have wide-ranging personal and systemic consequences. The chapter provides the resources for researchers, professors, students, and healthcare practitioners who want to better understand how religious beliefs, ritual practices, and ideas of spirituality matter for healthcare systems everywhere, but in different ways according to place, time, and tradition. Boundary crossing and boundary maintenance is the focus of the fourth section, which considers how boundary making across the fields of religion and medicine occurs through complex processes of negotiating authoritative knowledge. Religion and medicine are intersecting discourses through which particular modes of healing are framed as differently legitimate, powerful, and effective.

Abstract

A global pandemic shifts many things into new perspective, including the connections between religion, medicine, and healing. The danger posed by a virus like SARS-CoV-2 reveals how the flow of people, their views of the body, and their communal practices can have wide-ranging personal and systemic consequences. The chapter provides the resources for researchers, professors, students, and healthcare practitioners who want to better understand how religious beliefs, ritual practices, and ideas of spirituality matter for healthcare systems everywhere, but in different ways according to place, time, and tradition. Boundary crossing and boundary maintenance is the focus of the fourth section, which considers how boundary making across the fields of religion and medicine occurs through complex processes of negotiating authoritative knowledge. Religion and medicine are intersecting discourses through which particular modes of healing are framed as differently legitimate, powerful, and effective.

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Item Type:Book Section, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology and the Study of Religion > Institute of Religious Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:200 Religion
Language:English
Date:2022
Deposited On:28 Jan 2022 10:04
Last Modified:18 Jun 2024 03:32
Publisher:Routledge
ISBN:978-1-138-63006-2
Additional Information:978-1-032-11653-2 (pbk) 978-1-315-20796-4 (ebk)
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315207964-1
Related URLs:https://uzb.swisscovery.slsp.ch/permalink/41SLSP_UZB/1d8t6qj/alma99117177047605508 (Library Catalogue)
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