Theater of Disorder: Patients, Doctors, and the Construction of Illness

Theater of Disorder: Patients, Doctors, and the Construction of Illness

by Brant Wenegrat
     
 

There are certain phenomena, such as hypnosis, hysteria, multiple personality disorder, recovered memory syndrome, claims of satanic ritual abuse, alien abduction syndrome, and culture-specific disorders that, although common, are difficult to explain completely.

The purpose of this volume is to apply a model of social relations to these phenomena in order to

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Overview

There are certain phenomena, such as hypnosis, hysteria, multiple personality disorder, recovered memory syndrome, claims of satanic ritual abuse, alien abduction syndrome, and culture-specific disorders that, although common, are difficult to explain completely.

The purpose of this volume is to apply a model of social relations to these phenomena in order to provide a different explanation for them. Wenegrat argues that they are socially constructed illness roles or purposive behavior patterns into which patients fall while receiving either unintentional or intentional cues during interactions with caretakers and authority figures. The application of the social-relations model raises some important, yet previously overlooked, questions about these phenomena. It also illustrates some important aspects of human nature and consciousness, places illness behaviors in their larger, cultural context, and shows the way to a new and different view of mental life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195140873
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
1450L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. The Theater of Disorder
2. Basic Research and Observations
3. Anthropological and Historical Studies
4. Playing the Hypnotic Game
5. Hysteria and Hysteria-like Disorders
6. Multiple Personality Disorder
7. Recovered Memory Roles
8. Self-Knowledge, the Unconscious, and the Future of Illness Roles
Notes
Index

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