Worlds of Psychotic People: Wanderers, 'Bricoleurs' and Strategists

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Worlds of Psychotic People brings a fresh twenty-first century voice to the lives of those with serious psychological disorders, focusing on the manner in which psychiatric patients experience their subjective worlds. Based on ethnographic research gathered at the psychiatric hospital of Saint Anthony's in the Netherlands over a period of five years, it seeks to describe from the perspective of the mental patient some of the fears and hopes that mark an individual's encounter with the fixed reality-structures of a clinical mental ward.

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'A valuable book providing emprirical evidence on pateints' encounter with therapeutic interventions to supplement the growing anthropological research on the experiential and sociocultural aspects of mental illness.' – Social Anthropology
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
2 The quest for reality and the work with culture: when psychiatrists and anthropologists explore psychosis 12
3 Shaping the context of the speech events: models of therapists and patients 28
4 Hope and hopelessness, healthy and sick parts 45
5 Hiding in talk 71
6 Revealing in talk 112
7 Living in two worlds 149
8 The precarious world of psychotic people 173
9 Life and death 198
10 Conclusion: psychotic discourse revisited 218
Notes 233
References 243
Index 256
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