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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|Commitee:||Cucurny, Denise, Jaffe, Alexandra, Quintiliani, Karen|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|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|
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