Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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Canadian Scholars
160 pages
6 x 9 inches
May 2004
Print ISBN: 9781551302645


This book provides a distinctive sociological inquiry into the perspectives and social issues surrounding the use of alternative therapies. Dr. Low presents the experiences of twenty-one Canadians who use alternative approaches to health care.

Her study foregrounds the lay perspective by using a symbolic interactionist approach, which emphasizes individuals' own understanding of reality as a basis for their actions.

Dr. Low analyses why the participants in the study came to use alternative therapies; the ideologies informing the models of health and healing they espouse; the impact these beliefs have on them, and the implications of their experiences for Canadian health care policy.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: What Are Alternative Therapies and Who Uses Them?
Chapter Two: How People Use Alternative Therapies
Chapter Three: Why People Turn to Alternative Therapies
Chapter Four: An Alternative Model of Healing
Chapter Five: An Alternative Model of Health
Chapter Six: Alternative Healing and the Self
Chapter Seven: Using Alternative Therapies: A Deviant Identity

Appendix: The Therapies


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