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Sociedad y religión

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TONIOL*, Rodrigo. What is to be seen. Spirituality production instruments, methodologies and devices as a health factor. Soc. relig. [online]. 2019, vol.29, n.52, pp.67-96. ISSN 1853-7081.

The purpose of this article is to analyze a context of relation between health and spirituality still underestimated by social scientist of religion, I refer to a heterogeneous set of actors that involves: international networks of researchers from the health Science mainstream, the World Health Organization, research promotion agencies and public managers, all committed to inscribing spirituality as a factor of health promotion, as a dimension of human health or, as an element of necessary clinical attention. The text is organized into two main parts. In the first section, I present the way I use the notion of spirituality, insisting that it is a methodological rather than a nominalistic one. In the second part I explore the empirical dimensions of the process of legitimizing spirituality, dedicating a section to the political dimension, another section for clinical and a final one for medical research. I conclude by indicating that, despite differences in the ways of instituting spirituality, these formulations are stabilized in the consideration that spirituality is a health issue.

Palabras clave : spirituality; religion; health; science.

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