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An Ethnographic Account of Reiki Practice in Britain

Author(s): Dori-Michelle Beeler

Book Description

An Ethnographic Account of Reiki Practice in Britain is the result of 14 months of ethnographic research. This study, while filling a gap in the qualitative literature on Reiki practice, contributes an ethnographic portrayal of a particular group’s construction of well-being. Contributing to medical anthropology, the research findings demonstrate culturally situated ideas and practices related to health wherein the intersubjective nature of healing is a constitutive element for well-being. The distinctions of this are specific to culture and environment, broadening how spirituality and well-being are conceptualized anthropologically. In addition, this book offers a framework for the commoditization of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), a process where products become a simple commodity. For Reiki practice, this results in spirituality being out of place in the healthcare market. The book will be of interest to academics interested in CAM research and Reiki practitioners alike.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-9952-9
ISBN-10: 1-4438-9952-6
Date of Publication: 01/11/2016
Pages / Size: 225 / A5
Price: £61.99


Dori-Michelle Beeler is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Notre Dame, USA. She completed her postgraduate studies in Medical Anthropology at the University of Durham, UK, where she conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Britain investigating Reiki practice. Her research interests span across the intersections of contemporary and socio-historical understandings of the relationship between healing and spirituality; medical science, expertise and law; health and wellbeing; healthcare and commodity; the body as culture; oral history and tradition; and children’s health and care.