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Title:The Survival of Traditional Healing in a Contemporary Black Community
Author(s):Johnson, Kirk Anthony
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Lie, John
Department / Program:Sociology
Discipline:Sociology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Black Studies
Abstract:I find that from 1850 to modern times, ethnomedicine has thrived amidst a confluence of factors that give cohort members robust incentives to pursue herbal and magical healing and equally compelling disincentives to pursue biomedicine. Ethnomedicine's resonance with a perceived black world view may derive additional elements of its appeal. The logic of the cohort's allegiance to ethnomedicine challenges the depiction of ethnomedical believers as misguided or unsophisticated. Indeed, characteristics of ethnomedicine and of its healers, if transplanted to hospitals and clinics, may enhance biomedicine's appeal among ethnomedically oriented black patients.
Issue Date:1999
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:269 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/86251
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9944898
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:1999


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