Faith and the Pursuit of Health : Cardiometabolic Disorders in Samoa, Paperback / softback Book

Faith and the Pursuit of Health : Cardiometabolic Disorders in Samoa Paperback / softback

Part of the Medical Anthropology series


Faith and the Pursuit of Health explores how Pentecostal Christians manage chronic illness in ways that sheds light on health disparities and social suffering in Samoa, a place where rates of obesity and related cardiometabolic disorders have reached population-wide levels.

Pentecostals grapple with how to maintain the health of their congregants in an environment that fosters cardiometabolic disorders.

They find ways to manage these forms of sickness and inequality through their churches and the friendships developed within these institutions.

Examining how Pentecostal Christianity provides many Samoans with tools to manage day-to-day issues around health and sickness, Jessica Hardin argues for understanding the synergies between how Christianity and biomedicine practice chronicity.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 202 pages, 12 images
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
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  • Category: Religion & science
  • ISBN: 9780813592923

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