The Psychiatric Team and the Social Definition of Schizophrenia: An Anthropological Study of Person and Illness / Edition 1by Robert J. Barrett
Pub. Date: 09/28/2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book is a study of schizophrenia in a modern psychiatric hospital, arising from an anthropological investigation of the work of clinical staff.Analyzing the language used by hospital staff in writing and talking about their patients, it traces the evolution of the concept of schizophrenia, showing how contemporary theoretical constructs are applied by clinical staff. It will reveal to mental health professionals many of the unspoken assumptions of their role, and confirms the power of the ethnographic approach in psychiatric research.
Table of Contents
Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Schizophrenia in context; 2. Time and space in a progressive psychiatric hospital; 3. Professional domains and the dimensions of a case; 4. Clinical teams and the 'whole person'; 5. Documenting a case: the written construction of schizophrenia; 6. Moral trajectories: from acute psychosis to 'chronic schizophrenic'; 7. Historical formulations of schizophrenia: degeneration and disintegration; 8. Contemporary formulations of schizophrenia: explaining the inexplicable; 9. Schizophrenia for practical purposes; 10. The person, the case, and schizophrenia; References; Index.
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