Revenge of the Windigo: Construction of the Mind and Mental Health of North American Aboriginal Peoples / Edition 2

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Using interdisciplinary methods, the author critically assesses the enormous amount of information that has been generated on Aboriginal mental health, deconstructs it, and through this exercise, provides guidance for a new vein of research.

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What People Are Saying

Naomi Adelson

'There is no other book available that so comprehensively, critically, and lucidly explores this subject matter.'

Peter Stephenson

'For this type of book to really work beyond the level of simplistic postmodern deconstruction, it needed to be written by someone with a great deal of first hand experience and a first class analytical mind. James Waldram is one of the top scholars in the field. I would place this study as the very best of its kind that I have read over thirty years. As scholarship, it is simply superb - comprehensive, indeed, virtually exhaustive. The references are nearly encyclopedic.'

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802086006
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Series: Anthropological Horizons Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 430
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

James B. Waldram is a medical anthropologist at the University of Saskatchewan. He is the author of many articles and books, including Aboriginal Health in Canada: Historical, Cultural and Epidemiological Perspectives, with D. Ann Herring and T. Kue Young, 1995.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : monsters and mental health 3
Pt. A Constructing the aboriginal
2 Constructing aboriginal personality : the early years 21
3 The psychoanalyst's aboriginal 44
4 Measuring the aboriginal 69
Pt. B The disordered aboriginal
5 The construction of aboriginal psychopathology 105
6 The alcoholic aboriginal 134
7 The depressed aboriginal 167
8 The culture-bound aboriginal 190
9 The traumatized aboriginal 212
Pt. C Treating the aboriginal
10 The clinician's aboriginal 239
11 Healing the traditional aboriginal 271
12 Conclusion : the windigo's revenge 300
Notes 321
References 335
Index 393
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