African American Folk Healing

ISBN-10: 0814757324
ISBN-13: 9780814757321
Edition: 2007
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Description: Persuasively argued...A fascinating study that makes a real contribution to discussions of health, wellness and faith in America. -- "Publishers Weekly" "An exploration of the history and practices of black healers and healing illuminating the vital  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 7/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 189
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.858

Persuasively argued...A fascinating study that makes a real contribution to discussions of health, wellness and faith in America. -- "Publishers Weekly" "An exploration of the history and practices of black healers and healing illuminating the vital cultural, intellectual, and spiritual expression of a people. This fine multidisciplinary work draws deeply and thoughtfully from the experiences and words of its subjects, offering alternative visions of human creativity, resistance, and community." -- Yvonne Chireau, author of "Black Magic: Religion and the African-American Conjuring Tradition" Cure a nosebleed by holding a silver quarter on the back of the neck. Treat an earache with sweet oil drops. Wear plant roots to keep from catching colds. Within many African American families, these kinds of practices continue today, woven into the fabric of black culture, often communicated through women. Such folk practices shape the concepts about healing that are diffused throughout African American communities and are expressed in myriad ways, from faith healing to making a mojo. Stephanie Y. Mitchem presents a fascinating study of African American healing. She sheds light on a variety of folk practices and traces their development from the time of slavery through the Great Migrations. She explores how they have continued into the present and their relationship with alternative medicines. Through conversations with black Americans, she demonstrates how herbs, charms, and rituals continue folk healing performances. Mitchem shows that these practices are not simply about healing; they are linked to expressions of faith, delineating aspects of a holistic epistemology andpointing to disjunctures between African American views of wellness and illness and those of the culture of institutional medicine.

Historical paths to healing
Stories and cures : defining African American folk healing
Healing, the black body, and institutional medicine : contexts for crafting wellness
Healing in place : from past to present
Today's healing traditions
Healing and hybridity in the twenty-first century
Healing the past in the present
Religion, spirituality, and African American folk healing
Hoodoo, conjure, and folk healing

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