Secular Health and Sacred Belief?: A Study of Religion and Mental Illness in Modern Irish Society (Paperback)Aine F. Lorie (author)
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This book examines religion's therapeutic potential, concentrating on aspects of Catholicism as manifestations of Max Weber's prosocial concept of `brotherliness'. This line of enquiry is approached both on a macro level, looking at institutional religion, and on a micro level, looking at personal beliefs. The author examines such issues as the power of the institutional church in disseminating collectively orientated ideas; the public response to mental illness in Ireland over the past two centuries; the tendency within the field of psychology to pathologise belief systems and instrumentalise religious coping; and processes of secularisation, socialisation and ritualisation, which can either assist in or hinder the subjective adaptation of religious ideas. The theoretical arguments are contextualised by in-depth interviews with members of the "peerled" mental health group GROW.
Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Number of pages: 277
Weight: 410 g
Dimensions: 225 x 150 mm
Edition: New edition
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