Cosmos, Gods and Madmen: Frameworks in the Anthropologies of Medicine

Cosmos, Gods and Madmen: Frameworks in the Anthropologies of Medicine


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781789200621
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/14/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Roland Littlewood is Professor of Anthropology and Psychiatry at UCL. He is a former president of the RAI and has undertaken fieldwork in Trinidad, Haiti, Lebanon, Italy and Albania, and has published eight books and around 200 papers.

Rebecca Lynch is an Assistant Professor in Medical Anthropology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). She has conducted fieldwork in Trinidad and the UK. Taking an approach that crosses the intersection between religion and medicine, she has published on socio-cultural, moral, and scientific constructions of the body, health and illness, and on bodily interaction with the non-human through technology, protocols, bodily fluids, and spirit agents.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Divinity, Disease, Distress

Roland Littlewood and Rebecca Lynch

Chapter 1. Why Animism Matters

David Napier

Chapter 2. Spreading the Gospel of the Miracle Cure: Panama’s Black Christ

Rodney J. Reynolds

Chapter 3. Madness and Miracles: Hoping for Healing in Rural Ghana

Ursula M. Read

Chapter 4. ‘Sakawa’ Rumours: Occult Internet Fraud and Ghanaian Identity

Alice Armstrong

Chapter 5. To Heal the Body is to Heal Oneself: The Body as Congregation

Isabelle Lange

Chapter 6. Addiction and the Duality of the Self in a North American Religio-Therapeutic Community

Ellie Reynolds

Chapter 7. Religious Conversion and Madness: Contested Territory in the Peruvian Andes

David M.R. Orr

Chapter 8. Cosmologies of Fear: The Medicalisation of Anxiety in Contemporary Britain

Rebecca Lynch

Chapter 9. Functionalists and Zombis: Sorcery as Spandrel and Social Rescue

Roland Littlewood

Chapter 10. Religion and Psychosis: A Common Evolutionary Trajectory?

Simon Dein


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