Social Suffering / Edition 1

Social Suffering / Edition 1

by Arthur Kleinman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520209958

ISBN-13: 9780520209954

Pub. Date: 12/30/1997

Publisher: University of California Press

"Social suffering" takes in the human consequences of war, famine, depression, disease, torture‹the whole assemblage of human problems that result from what political, economic, and institutional power does to people‹and also human responses to social problems as they are influenced by those forms of power. In the same way that the notion of social suffering breaks…  See more details below

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"Social suffering" takes in the human consequences of war, famine, depression, disease, torture‹the whole assemblage of human problems that result from what political, economic, and institutional power does to people‹and also human responses to social problems as they are influenced by those forms of power. In the same way that the notion of social suffering breaks down boundaries between specific scholarly disciplines, this cross-disciplinary investigation allows us to see the twentieth century in a new frame, with new emphases. Anthropologists, historians, literary theorists, social medicine experts, and scholars engaged in the study of religion join together to investigate the cultural representations, collective experiences, and professional and popular appropriations of human suffering in the world today. These authors contest traditional research and policy approaches. Recognizing that neither the cultural resources of tradition nor those of modernity's various programs seem adequate to cope with social suffering in our times, they base their distinctive vision on the understanding that moral, political, and medical issues cannot be kept separate.

Author Biography: Arthur Kleinman is Maude and Lilian Presley Professor of Medical Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University. His most recent book is Writing at the Margin (California, 1996). Veena Das is Professor of Sociology at the University of Delhi and author of Critical Events: An Anthropological Approach to Contemporary India (1995). Margaret Lock, Professor in the departments of Social Studies of Medicine and ofAnthropology atMcGill University, is author of Encounters with Aging (California, 1993) and coeditor of Knowledge, Power and Practice (California, 1993).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520209954
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/30/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
425
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Appeal of Experience; The Dismay of Images: Cultural Appropriations of Suffering in Our Times1
About Suffering: Voice, Genre, and Moral Community25
The Alarmed Vision: Social Suffering and Holocaust Atrocity47
Language and Body: Transactions in the Construction of Pain67
Comments on Veena Das's Essay "Language and Body: Transactions in the Construction of Pain"93
Political Widowhood in South Africa: The Embodiment of Ambiguity99
The Pane of Sorrow: Public Uses of Personal Grief in Modern China119
Destructive Will and Ideological Holocaust: Maoism as a Source of Social Suffering in China149
Unmasking Suffering's Masks: Reflections on Old and New Memories of Nazi Medicine181
Displacing Suffering: The Reconstruction of Death in North America and Japan207
Suffering and the Origins of Traumatic Memory245
On Suffering and Structural Violence: A View from Below261
On Torture, or Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment285
Suffering Nation and Alienation309
Religions, Society, and Suffering359
Index383

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