Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Healing the mind, body and spirit with imagery hypnosis and mindful meditation at a cancer support center
by Paley, Violetta, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 131; 10196551
Abstract (Summary)

This study explores pluralistic forms of health care practices among cancer patients and their loved ones at a cancer support center in Los Angeles. After receiving conventional treatment or during the course of treatment, guests, as they are referred to at the center, arrive at the center for emotional, mental and social relief. Guests navigate a variety of resources that include support groups, one-on-one counseling services, workshops, creative arts classes, and alternative healing modalities, such as meditation, hypnotherapy, yoga, acupuncture, and reiki. By utilizing ethnographic research methods in anthropology, this study centers in on imagery hypnosis and mindful meditation sessions and explores psychosocial healing. In examining culture and self through personal narratives and experiences of sensory embodiment, healing is also understood as meaningful transformations of self. Lastly, this study encourages a multidisciplinary approach in rethinking illness and healing. Culture and self are reflective and mediated through systems of meaning in language, perception, community, and knowledge.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Loewe, Ronald
Commitee: Cucurny, Denise, Jaffe, Alexandra, Quintiliani, Karen
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Social research, Alternative Medicine
Keywords: Cancer, Guided imagery, Healing narratives, Medical anthropology, Mindful meditation, Urban anthropology
Publication Number: 10196551
ISBN: 9781369375039
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