Children in Minority Religions - Growing Up in Controversial Religious Groups - Liselotte Frisk

Children in Minority Religions - Growing Up in Controversial Religious Groups - Liselotte Frisk

9. Medicine and Healthcare in Controversial Minority Religions: Perspectives from Medical Anthropology

Children in Minority Religions - Growing Up in Controversial Religious Groups - Liselotte Frisk

Liselotte Frisk [+-]
Dalarna University, Sweden
Liselotte Frisk has been a professor in Religious Studies at Dalarna University, Sweden, since 2006. She presented a doctoral dissertation on new religious movements in 1993 at Åbo Akademi, Finland, and after that worked as a lecturer at Umeå University in Sweden for a few years. In 1999 she moved to Dalarna University where she created a profile of studying new religious movements within Religious Studies. Research projects include two projects about New Age in the 1990s, and, later, a 3-year project about what happened to the new religious movements from the 1960s and 70s over the decades, funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. Another research project, undertaken together with Peter Åkerbäck, Stockholm University, dealt with a local mapping of the new spirituality in Dalarna (2008-2011), funded by Vetenskapsrådet. A current research project, also funded by Vetenskapsrådet, deals with children in minority religions (2012-2015). All research projects have resulted in books and articles in Swedish as well as in English. Liselotte Frisk has been co-editor of the International Journal for the Study of New Religions (2010-2013), and is currently co-editor of Aura, a Nordic journal publishing academic articles about new religious movements. She was the director of International Society for the Study of New Religions for four years (2010-2013), and is now the vice director of FINYAR, the Nordic society for the academic study of new religions. Other research interests include new religions in Japan.

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Religion and medicine have close ties historically (McGuire 2002), and sometimes alternative religious perspectives are related to alternative health care perspectives. This chapter will provide an overview of different perspectives on medical treatment advocated by different controversial minority religions. In some cases in different parts of the world, neglect of medical and health care for religious reasons has unfortunately resulted in deaths of children. Some of these cases will be discussed. The seven minority religions that are the focus of this book have sometimes, but not always, based on the interview material, taken some level of alternative health care perspective, but most of the time they combine these methods with mainstream medical care. The relation between religion and health care is discussed.

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Frisk, Liselotte. 9. Medicine and Healthcare in Controversial Minority Religions: Perspectives from Medical Anthropology. Children in Minority Religions - Growing Up in Controversial Religious Groups. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 231-256 Feb 2018. ISBN 9781781794203. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=32376. Date accessed: 27 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.32376. Feb 2018

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