Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Sensemaking and Identity in Complementary Alternative Medicine: Communication Study on Reiki
by Reese, Caroline, M.A., Marquette University, 2019, 54; 22582865
Abstract (Summary)

Complementary alternative medicine (CAM) is rising in popularity, in particular, the practice of Reiki. While there is substantial research that focuses on the medical benefits of Reiki, little work has been done that addresses what Reiki means to participants and how it impacts an individual's sense of self. This study seeks to fill that void. To explore this, I argue that Reiki practice should be viewed through a communication lens that draws from theories of identity and sensemaking. Results show that identity is not seen as an individualistic concept but rather as a social process that shifts to a more intrapersonal understanding of the self.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Feldner, Sarah B.
Commitee: Wolburg, Joyce, Strugal, Tracey
School: Marquette University
Department: Communication
School Location: United States -- Wisconsin
Source: MAI 81/2(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Communication
Keywords: Alternative therapy, Identity, Integrative medicine, Reiki, Sensemaking, Wellness
Publication Number: 22582865
ISBN: 9781085634175
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