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Bipolar Expeditions: Mania and Depression in American Culture / Edition 1
     

Bipolar Expeditions: Mania and Depression in American Culture / Edition 1

by Emily Martin
 

ISBN-10: 0691004234

ISBN-13: 9780691004235

Pub. Date: 07/09/2007

Publisher: Princeton University Press

In Bipolar Expeditions, anthropologist Emily Martin guides us into the fascinating and sometimes disturbing worlds of mental-health support groups, psychiatric rounds, and psychotropic drugs designed to treat Americans with bipolar disorder. Charting how these worlds intersect with the wider popular culture, Bipolar Expeditions explores the cultural life that mania

Overview

In Bipolar Expeditions, anthropologist Emily Martin guides us into the fascinating and sometimes disturbing worlds of mental-health support groups, psychiatric rounds, and psychotropic drugs designed to treat Americans with bipolar disorder. Charting how these worlds intersect with the wider popular culture, Bipolar Expeditions explores the cultural life that mania and depression have outside the confines of diagnosis. America, Martin shows, has an equivocal relationship with the disorder mania has come to be regarded as a distant frontier that seems to offer fame and profits to pioneers, while depression is imagined as something that should be eliminated altogether with the help of drugs. Martin's own experience with bipolar disorder informs her analysis and lends a personal perspective to this complex story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691004235
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/09/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xiii

Preface: Ethnographic Ways and Means xv

Acknoledgments xxi

Introduction Manic Depression in America 1

Rational and Irrational 5

Brains and Genes 11

The Drug Factor 13

A Short History of Manic Depression 16

Mania Depression in Culture 28

Research Methods 30

Part 1 Mania Depression as Experience 35

Chapter 1 Personhood and Emotion 37

What Are Moods? 43

Mood and Motivation 49

Our Manic Affinity 51

Chapter 2 Performing the "Rationality" of "Irrationality" 55

Patients' Rationality: Double Bookkeeping 55

Doctors' Rationality: A Closed Circle 59

The Bipolar Experience: Multiplicity 64

The Bipolar Experience: Interruption 69

Sounding a Second Voice 74

Style and Mania Performances 80

Chapter 3 Managing Mania and Depression 86

Chapter 4 I Now Pronounce You Manic Depressive 99

1 I'm in a Hole 101

2 I Thought I Was Normal When I Was Speedy 102

3 What Is the Diagnosis? 106

4 Who Is Manic? 110

5 What Is Bipolar 2b? 111

6 I Ain't Gonna Mess with It Backwards 114

7 Maybe He Is a Normal Variant 117

8 I'm a Twenty-Year-Old College Student with a 3.75 GPA and I Am Not Crazy 120

Subjection and Rationality 127

Chapter 5 Inside the Diagnosis 134

DSM Categories as "Text-Atoms" 135

The Work of Support Groups 143

Performativity, Intention, and Diagnosis 147

Chapter 6 Pharmaceutical Personalities 150

Marketing a Psychotropic Drug 150

The Rationality of Consumers 156

Living with Drugs 159

Part 2 Mania as a Resource 175

Chapter 7 Taking the Measure of Moods and Motivations 177

Mood Hygiene 188

Evading Mood Charts 193

From Temperate to Hot 195

Chapter 8 Revaluing Mania197

Sociality and Confirmity 198

Mania Depression and Creativity Today 202

Gender and Mania Depression 210

Race and Mania Depression 212

Manic Depression as an "Asset" 216

A Mental State as a "Thing" 220

Understanding Mania and Manic Depressions in Their Contexts 229

Chapter 9 Manic Markets 234

Links between Individuals and Markets 234

Learning to Be Manic 239

Mania in the Market 243

A Few Manic Heroes, Past and Present 253

Manic Affinity 257

A Few Fallen Heroes 259

The Edge 263

Conclusion The Bipolar Condition 269

Race and Gender Revisited 274

Optimizing Moods 275

The End of Madness? 277

Appendix 281

Notes 287

References 339

Index 363

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