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Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Knowledge Production and Social Transformation

Palgrave Macmillan
  • 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

Part of the book series: Health, Technology and Society (HTE)

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Back Matter

    Pages 327-337

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.

Keywords

  • knowledge production
  • complementary medicine
  • alternative health care
  • medical sociology
  • science and technology studies
  • actor-network theory
  • Chinese medicine
  • medical acupuncture
  • therapeutic touch
  • qigong
  • Nuga Best bed-massager
  • Actor-Network Theory
  • ‘embodied expertise’
  • Traditional Medicine

Editors and Affiliations

  • School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia

    Caragh Brosnan

  • School of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland

    Pia Vuolanto

  • Department of Sociology, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

    Jenny-Ann Brodin Danell

About the editors

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. 


Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 44.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-73939-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 169.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)