Schizophrenia, Culture, and Subjectivity: The Edge of Experience / Edition 1

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This volume brings together a number of the foremost scholars - anthropologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and historians - currently studying schizophrenia, its subjective dimensions, and the cultural processes through which these are experienced. Based on research undertaken in Australia, Bangladesh, Borneo, Canada, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, the United States, and Zanzibar, it also incorporates a critical analysis of World Health Organization cross-cultural findings. Contributors share an interest in subjective and interpretive aspects of illness, but all work with a concept of schizophrenia that addresses its biological dimensions. The volume is of interest to scholars in the social and human sciences for the theoretical attention given to the relationship between culture and subjectivity. Multidisciplinary in design, it is written in a style accessible to a diverse readership, including undergraduate students. It is of practical relevance not only to psychiatrists, but also to all mental health professionals who encounter, day to day, the clinical problems arising at the interface of culture and psychosis.
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"This book stimulates the interest of clinicians to understand the distinctive configuration of cultural influences at play in their patient's context. The book is a great resource for all mental health professionals seeking to understand culture and subjective experience in schizophrenia." Psychiatric Services, Jagannathan Srinivasaraghavan, M.D.

"This major work on schizophrenia brings together psychiatrists, psychologists, anthropologists and one historian to address how culture is manifest in and part of mental illness, specifically and for good reason, schizophrenia." Peter Trnka, Metapsychology Online Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521536417
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2003
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Medical Anthropology Series, #11
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Schizophrenia as a Paradigm Case for Understanding Fundamental Human Processes 29
2 Interrogating the Meaning of "Culture" in the WHO International Studies of Schizophrenia 62
3 Kurt Schneider in Borneo: Do First Rank Symptoms Apply to the Iban? 87
4 Living Through a Staggering World: The Play of Signifiers in Early Psychosis in South India 110
5 In and Out of Culture: Ethnographic Means to Interpreting Schizophrenia 146
6 Experiences of Psychosis in Javanese Culture: Reflections on a Case of Acute, Recurrent Psychosis in Contemporary Yogyakarta, Indonesia 167
7 To "Speak Beautifully" in Bangladesh: Subjectivity as Pagalami 196
8 Innovative Care for the Homeless Mentally Ill in Bogota, Colombia 219
9 Symptoms of Colonialism: Content and Context of Delusion in Southwest Nigeria, 1945-1960 238
10 Madness in Zanzibar: An Exploration of Lived Experience 255
11 Subject/Subjectivities in Dispute: The Poetics, Politics, and Performance of First-Person Narratives of People with Schizophrenia 282
12 "Negative Symptoms," Commonsense, and Cultural Disembedding in the Modern Age 303
13 Subjective Experience of Emotion in Schizophrenia 329
Index 349
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