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Using Alternative Health Therapies
A Qualitative Analysis
This book provides a distinctive sociological inquiry into the perspectives and social issues surrounding the use of alternative therapies. Dr. Low presents the experiences of twenty-one Canadians who use alternative approaches to health care.
Her study foregrounds the lay perspective by using a symbolic interactionist approach, which emphasizes individuals' own understanding of reality as a basis for their actions.
Dr. Low analyses why the participants in the study came to use alternative therapies; the ideologies informing the models of health and healing they espouse; the impact these beliefs have on them, and the implications of their experiences for Canadian health care policy.
Table of Contents
PrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroductionChapter One: What Are Alternative Therapies and Who Uses Them?Chapter Two: How People Use Alternative TherapiesChapter Three: Why People Turn to Alternative TherapiesChapter Four: An Alternative Model of HealingChapter Five: An Alternative Model of HealthChapter Six: Alternative Healing and the SelfChapter Seven: Using Alternative Therapies: A Deviant IdentityConclusionAppendix: The TherapiesReferencesIndex