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In our kind of secular society religious organizations are left with only a small part
of their former ritual healing roles. One devout Catholic might derive intimate
strength from personal prayer, some marginal groups of recent arrivals in Sao ...
238 Julius A. Roth, "Ritual and Magic in the Control of Contagion," American
Sociological Review 22 (June 1957): 310-14. Describes how doctors come to
believe in magic. Belief in the danger of contagion from tuberculosis patients
leads to ...
Medicalized social rituals represent one aspect of social control by means of the
self-frustrating war against death. Malinowski56 has argued that death among
primitive people threatens the cohesion and therefore the survival of the whole ...
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The Medicalization of Life
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