ABSTRACT

The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781351233392, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

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.

chapter 1|19 pages

From culture to assemblages

An introduction
BySuvi Salmenniemi, Harley Bergroth, Johanna Nurmi, Inna Perheentupa
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chapter 2|23 pages

Assembling mindful bodies

Mindfulness as a universal ‘laboratory of practice’
BySteven Stanley, Ilmari Kortelainen
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chapter 3|15 pages

Affective assemblages

Atmospheres and therapeutic knowledge production in/through the researcher-body
ByMarjo Kolehmainen
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chapter 4|16 pages

Therapeutic and therapeia within Orthodox Christianity

ByTatiana Tiaynen-Qadir
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chapter 5|18 pages

Saving the Post-Soviet soul

Religion as therapy in the narratives of Russian-speaking migrant women
ByJulia Lerner
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chapter 6|13 pages

Coaching for the nation

A new ‘moral and ethical assemblage’ for Israel’s last republican generation
ByAriel Yankellevich
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chapter 7|17 pages

The datafication of therapeutic life management

Assembling the self in control society
ByHarley Bergroth, Ilpo Helén
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chapter 8|16 pages

The lure of self-disclosure

App-assisted quantification of mood as therapeutic companionship
ByFelix Freigang
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chapter 9|15 pages

No negative vibes

Organizational fun as a practice of social control
ByVirve Peteri
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chapter 10|17 pages

‘Living on a razor blade’

Work and alienation in the narratives of therapeutic engagements
BySuvi Salmenniemi, Johanna Nurmi, Joni Jaakola
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chapter 11|16 pages

Feminists performingthe collective trauma

ByInna Perheentupa
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chapter 12|18 pages

Uncanny experiences as therapeutic events

ByKia Andell, Harley Bergroth, Marja-Liisa Honkasalo
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chapter |14 pages

Afterword

Life of psy
ByElaine Swan
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