Religion and the Health of the Public: Shifting the Paradigm

Religion and the Health of the Public: Shifting the Paradigm


By (author) Gary Gunderson, By (author) Jim Cochrane

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 213mm x 15mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 12 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230341527
  • ISBN 13: 9780230341524
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, figures
  • Sales rank: 1,050,188

Product description

Religion and the Health of the Public fills a major gap in academic literature on religion and public health. Its innovative concepts provide a comprehensive theoretical framework for understanding and working on the interface between religion and public health. It draws on global health history and practice - from London's 1854 cholera outbreak, to HIV in Africa today, to large and novel hospital and congregational partnerships in the Memphis. Calling for "deep accountability" by religious and public health leaders, it deals with the embodied religious mind, religious health assets, leading causes of life, boundary leadership, congregate strengths, and a healthy political economy - all in the service of transformation.

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Author information

GARY GUNDERSON Senior Vice President for Health and Welfare Ministries for Methodist Healthcare and the Director for the Interfaith Health Program at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, USA. JIM COCHRANE Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, Co-Principal of the African Religious Health Assets Programme (ARHAP), and Director of the Research Institute on Christianity in Southern Africa (RICSA).

Table of contents

Seeing Differently: Changing the Paradigm of the Health of the Public The Health of the Public and the Religious Mind: Connections and Disconnections Religious Health Assets: What Religion Brings to Health of the Public Leading Causes of Life: Pathology in its Place Seeking Health: Persons, Bodies and Choices People who Congregate: Building on Strengths Boundary Leadership: Embodying Complexity in Turbulence The Challenge of Systems Religion and the Health of the Public: Deep Accountability