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This volume examines the ways in which people engage with therapeutic practices, such as life coaching, mindfulness, complementary and alternative medicine, sex and relationship counselling, spiritual healing and self-tracking. It investigates how human and non-human actors, systems of thought and practice are assembled and interwoven in therapeutic engagements, and traces the situated, material and political dimensions of these engagements. By focusing on lived experiences through ethnographically informed case studies, the book elucidates the diverse forms, meanings and embodied effects of therapeutic engagements in different settings, as well as their potential for both oppressive and subversive social change. In this way, Assembling Therapeutics contributes to our understanding of multiple modes of healing, self-knowledge and power in contemporary societies.
About the Author:
Suvi Salmenniemi is Professor of Sociology at the University of Turku, Finland.
Johanna Nurmi is a postdoctoral researcher in Sociology at the University of Turku, Finland.
Inna Perheentupa is currently finalising her doctoral dissertation in Sociology at the University of Turku, Finland.
Harley Bergroth is currently finalising his doctoral dissertation in Sociology at the University of Turku, Finland.