Women and Reiki: Energetic/Holistic Healing in Practice

1st Edition

Judith MacPherson

Routledge
Published October 15, 2007
Reference - 288 Pages
ISBN 9781845531546 - CAT# Y174907
Series: Gender, Theology and Spirituality

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Summary

'Women and Reiki' is the first ethnographic study of Reiki and energetic healing in Britain. The book argues that if we are to build an accurate and comprehensive picture of healing we must examine the role of gender, representation and power. Although women healers predominate at the grass roots level these factors have been largely ignored in academic studies of "New Age" and alternative spiritualities. The acknowledgement of women's power in these studies is to be found somewhere between male-dominated biomedical approaches to health and apparently more egalitarian holistic discourse and practice. Using the work of theorists such as Michel Foucault and Meredith McGuire, the book shows that women healers are using Reiki and other healing spiritualities to actively engage in a politics of reclamation.

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