Entre os dias 9 e 12 de Julho ocorrerá, em Barcelona, o Encontro da Sociedade Internacional de Sociologia da Religião. Na ocasião, Thomas Csordas, Olga Odgers Ortiz, Olga Olivas Hernández e Rodrigo Toniol, coordenarão o painel “The State and spiritual/religious healing processes in contemporary societies”, cujo resumo está descrito abaixo. Essa atividade marcará o início de uma aproximação de Thomas Csordas com o Laboratório de Antropologia da Religião da Unicamp e, particularmente, com o grupo do projeto de pesquisa Espiritualidade Institucionalizada, divulgado neste site. Em setembro deste ano, Csordas passará uma temporada conosco. Nas próximas semanas faremos o anúncio do evento que estamos preparando.
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The State and spiritual/religious healing processes in contemporary societies
This thematic session has the aim to discuss the relations between the State, alternative health practitioners, and the users of their services. Unconventional ways of treatment are in some cases
perceived with skepticism and rejected by the State, in some others are seen as complementary forms of treatment and in unique cases are integrated into the official health systems. In the first
case, the purpose is to analyze the mechanisms and statements underlying the disapproval of alternative health practices. In the second one, the objective is to understand the complementary
perspectives on health treatments and their development. In the latter case, the idea is to discuss the State role either referring specific health problems to alternative forms of treatment or integrating them into the official health system. The multiple ways of analyzing this topic include at the micro level, the focus on health services users who combine spiritual, religious and clinical practices, at an intermediary level, the tensions or agreements in between health practitioners, and at the macro level, the State regulation among religious and medical fields in terms of health. Therefore, this session has the goal to provide a setting to discuss anthropological, sociological and political works analyzing the State positions in the face of religious and spiritual healing processes, and its impact in the understanding and caring of health/illness conditions in contemporary societies.