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Johannessen - Chapter 03

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Buy and Download Description The conflict between Western biomedicine as the politically dominant health system based on bioreductionist assumptions and unconventional medicine with its wide eclectic syncretism reflects the cultural tension of the modern and postmodern. Hungary is itself undergoing a rite of passage from socialist modernism to globalised postmodernity. This liminality describes a situation of incomplete transition, a transformation in which elements of the old and the new coexist side by side without much integration (Schopflin 2002). This cultural transition has made people pay the high price of ill health, as selfdestructive cycles arose in the midst of cultural and socioeconomic transition, depressive symptomatology and health in a rapidly polarising society (Kopp 2000). As rituals always accompany transitions from one social world to another, in this 'postmodern turn' we may rediscover the rituals and their culturally transformative role in unconventional medicine, where — citing Turner (1982: 86) — 'dismembering may be a prelude to re-membering'. It is more pronounced in those who express their frustrations and helplessness in somatisation or illness. Illness itself is a heightened state of receptivity in which a patient calls for another style of knowing in the context of the ultimate values of that patient's community. The human body offers a cultic scene, as the body is traditionally the locus of revelation and hierophany, while ritual knowledge is, some think, gained by and through the body (Grimes 1990). The conflict between Western biomedicine as the politically dominant health system based on bioreductionist assumptions and unconventional medicine with its wide eclectic syncretism reflects the cultural tension of the modern and postmodern. Hunga
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