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Buy and Download Description Even at a glance, it is obvious that in all contemporary societies a variety of health care options exist and 'medical plurality' seems to be a common feature of today's world. The therapies available vary from one locality to another, and span from herbal medicines to biomedical treatments to psychological and spiritual forms of therapy. Different kinds of health care imply different techniques as well as different ideas of the body, health and healing. Research into these matters has been manifold, but two major theoretical trends stand out when considering approaches to the study of therapeutic options. One is based in the concept of medical pluralism; within this perspective pluralistic health care systems in Asia, Africa and recently also in Europe and the United States have been investigated, particularly with regard to the relevance of legal and socio-economic conditions for therapeutic practices as well as differences in explanatory models. Unrelated to the research in medical pluralism, there emerged in the 1990s in anthropology as well as in sociology and philosophy a growing interest in body and self, as well as the relation between body and self. This perspective emphasises the individual's creation of meaning in the midst of chaotic life events and acknowledges the importance of narratives linking health, body and sickness to the lifeworlds of everyday living, a theme that seems also to be important for an understanding of bodies and selves in medical pluralism. Even at a glance, it is obvious that in all contemporary societies a variety of health care options exist and 'medical plurality' seems to be a common feature of today's world. The therapies available vary from one locality to another, and span fr
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