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The Performance of Healing covers a wide range of the medical, holistic and religious aspects of healing and of death. The contributors broaden the field of medical anthropology by demonstrating that healing involves the senses in treatment whose efficacy depends in part on dramatic performances. Curing is not just about 'making people well' - it also forms a crucial means of reproducing relations of power. A performance directed toward a particular individual might also heal a traumatized social group, expanding the definition of 'cure' from its narrower sense of restoring a victim to health to the larger goal of repairing social relations.
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.
Release date Australia
February 8th, 1996
Edited by Carol Laderman
Edited by Marina Roseman
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