Books

Christopher Dole’s Healing Secular Life

Healing Secular Life: Loss and Devotion in Modern Turkey

By Christopher Dole

 

University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012, 291 pp.

 

Healing Secular Life is a study of the organizing force of secularism in contemporary Turkish life. Dole’s ethnographic entry is the practice of religious healing; specifically, the socially ambiguous work of two kinds of religious healer, the evliya or …

In the Journals

Local Responses to Trauma and PTSD: a special issue of Transcultural Psychiatry

The latest issue of Transcultural Psychiatry is devoted to “Local Responses to Trauma and PTSD.” 

The Editorial Introduction by Devon E. Hinton and Laurence J. Kirmayer is titled “Local responses to trauma: Symptom, affect, and healing:”

 “This article provides an introduction to the thematic issue of Transcultural Psychiatry on local responses to trauma. To illustrate how local responses to trauma

FeaturesTeaching Resources

Videos of “Cultural Psychiatry: A Critical Introduction”

As I’ve written about on this site before, one of the best short programs for anyone interested in culture and mental health is the Summer School in Social and Cultural Psychiatry held annually at McGill.  The course at the center of the curriculum is “Cultural Psychiatry: A Critical Introduction” which consists primarily of lectures by Laurence Kirmayer, Allan Young

Books

Book review – Sienna Craig’s Healing Elements: Efficacy and the Social Ecologies of Tibetan Medicine

Healing Elements: Efficacy and the Social Ecologies of Tibetan Medicine

by Sienna R. Craig

University of California Press, 2012

344 pp., US$34.95 paperback

 

It is a truism that the world we live in today is increasingly interconnected. Yet, when it comes to medicine – and particularly “traditional” or alternative medicine – the tendency is often to delimit its study along …

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Book Review: Pamela Klassen’s Spirits of Protestantism

Spirits of Protestantism:  Medicine, Healing, and Liberal Christianity

By Pamela E. Klassen

University of California Press, 2011

348 pp., US $26.95 (paperback)

Reviewed by Wilson Will (Rice University)

Christianity and western medicine share a curious relationship in the social science literature.  Historians (e.g., Porter 2005, Numbers and Amundsen (eds.) 1997, Risse 1999), have long acknowledged the political and epistemic interactions …