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Health, Technology and Society

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Knowledge Production and Social Transformation

Editors: Brosnan, Caragh, Vuolanto, Pia, Brodin Danell, Jenny-Ann (Eds.)

  • Offers a dynamic and innovative approach to CAM 
  • Includes chapters on a diversity of CAM topics spanning a broad range of societies, particularly those outside the normal Western focus
  • Provides a multi-faceted and nuanced approach to a controversial area of medical study
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About this book

This book examines how complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) – as knowledge, philosophy and practice – is constituted by, and transformed through, broader social developments. Shifting the sociological focus away from CAM as a stable entity that elicits perceptions and experiences, chapters explore the forms that CAM takes in different settings, how global social transformations elicit varieties of CAM, and how CAM philosophies and practices are co-produced in the context of social change. Through engagement with frameworks from Science and Technology Studies (STS), CAM is reconceptualised as a set of practices and knowledge-making processes, and opened up to new forms of analysis. Part 1 of the book explores how and why boundaries within CAM and between CAM and other health practices, are being constructed, challenged and changed. Part 2 asks how CAM as material practice is shaped by politics and regulation in a range of national settings. Part 3 examines how evidence is being produced and used in CAM research and practice. Including studies of CAM in Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, and North and South America, the volume will appeal to postgraduate students, researchers and health practitioners.

About the authors

Caragh Brosnan is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Newcastle, Australia. 

Pia Vuolanto is a researcher at the Research Centre for Knowledge, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies at the University of Tampere, Finland. 

Jenny-Ann Brodin Danell is Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology at Umeå University, Sweden. 


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: Reconceptualising Complementary and Alternative Medicine as Knowledge Production and Social Transformation

    Brosnan, Caragh (et al.)

    Pages 1-29

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  • Evidence-Based Alternative, ‘Slanted Eyes’ and Electric Circuits: Doing Chinese Medicine in the Post/Socialist Czech Republic

    Stöckelová, Tereza (et al.)

    Pages 33-58

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  • The Incompatibility Between Social Worlds in Complementary and Alternative Medicine: The Case of Therapeutic Touch

    Vuolanto, Pia

    Pages 59-84

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  • Qigong in Three Social Worlds: National Treasure, Social Signifier, or Breathing Exercise?

    Winiger, Fabian

    Pages 85-110

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  • Towards the Glocalisation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Homeopathy, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practice and Regulation in Brazil and Portugal

    Almeida, Joana (et al.)

    Pages 113-137

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Buy this book

eBook 91,62 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-73939-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 114,39 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-73938-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Book Subtitle
Knowledge Production and Social Transformation
Editors
  • Caragh Brosnan
  • Pia Vuolanto
  • Jenny-Ann Brodin Danell
Series Title
Health, Technology and Society
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-73939-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-73939-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-73938-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 337
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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