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African American folk healing / Stephanie Y. Mitchem.

Author/Creator:
Mitchem, Stephanie Y., 1950- author.
Publication:
New York ; and London : New York University Press, [2007] , ©2007
Format/Description:
Book
ix, [1], 189. [1] pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Subjects:
African Americans -- Folklore.
African Americans -- Medicine.
African Americans.
African Americans -- Medicine.
Form/Genre:
Folklore.
Place of Publication:
United States New York (State) New York (City)
Summary:
Cure a nosebleed by holding a silver quarter on the back of the neck. Treat an earache with sweet oil drops. Wear plant roots to keep from catching colds. Within many African American families, these kinds of practices continue today, woven into the fabric of black culture, often communicated through women. Such folk practices shape the concepts about healing that are diffused throughout African American communities and are expressed in myriad ways, from faith healing to making a mojo. Stephanie Y. Mitchem presents a fascinating study of African American healing. She sheds light on a variety of folk practices and traces their development from the time of slavery through the Great Migrations. She explores how they have continued into the present and their relationship with alternative medicines. Through conversations with black Americans, she demonstrates how herbs, charms, and rituals continue folk healing performances. Mitchem shows that these practices are not simply about healing; they are linked to expressions of faith, delineating aspects of a holistic epistemology and pointing to disjunctures between African American views of wellness and illness and those of the culture of institutional medicine.
Contents:
Introduction
Historical paths to healing
Stories and cures : defining African American folk healing
Healing, the Black body, and institutional medicine : contexts for crafting wellness
Healing in place : from past to present
Today's healing traditions
Healing and hybridity in the twenty-first century
Healing the past in the present
Religion, spirituality, and African American folk healing
Hoodoo, conjure, and folk healing
Conclusion.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-186) and index.
Local notes:
Kislak Center Banks Collection copy presented to the Penn Libraries in 2018 by Joanna Banks.
Penn Provenance:
Banks, Joanna (donor) (Banks Collection copy)
Penn Chronology:
2007
Contributor:
New York University, publisher.
Joanna Banks Collection of African American Books (University of Pennsylvania)
Other format:
Online version: Mitchem, Stephanie Y., 1950- African American folk healing.
ISBN:
9780814757314
0814757316
9780814757321
0814757324
OCLC:
81150114
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