Browsing Arizona Anthropologist: Issue # 8 (1992) by Authors
Psychic Healing and Women: An Example from a Spiritualist-Metaphysical ChurchHansen, K. Brooke (University of Arizona, Department of Anthropology, 1992)Ten million Americans are involved in some way with psychic healing practices, yet biomedicine often neglects or ignores these alternative health care systems. This study describes a contemporaly example of psychic healing among middle-class white women as observed in a southwestern Spiritualist-metaphysical chapel. This work is placed in both historical and contemporary contexts. Alternative healing choices, specifically psychic-spiritual healing, may affect the autonomy and self-empowerment of women.