Depression in Japan: Psychiatric Cures for a Society in Distress

Depression in Japan: Psychiatric Cures for a Society in Distress

by Junko Kitanaka


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691142043
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/16/2011
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Junko Kitanaka is an associate professor in the Department of Human Sciences at Keio University, Tokyo.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi
Chapter One: Introduction: Local Forces of Medicalization 1

Part One: Depression in History 19

Chapter Two: Reading Emotions in the Body: The Premodern Language of Depression 23

Chapter Three: The Expansion of Psychiatry into Everyday Life 40

Chapter Four: Pathology of Overwork or Personality Weakness?: The Rise of Neurasthenia in Early-Twentieth-Century Japan 54

Chapter Five: Socializing the "Biological" in Depression: Japanese Psychiatric Debates about Typus Melancholicus 67

Part Two: Depression in Clinical Practice 83
Chapter Six: Containing Reflexivity: The Interdiction against Psychotherapy for Depression 89

Chapter Seven: Diagnosing Suicides of Resolve 107

Chapter Eight: The Gendering of Depression and the Selective Recognition of Pain 129

Part Three: Depression in Society 151

Chapter Nine: Advancing a Social Cause through Psychiatry: The Case of Overwork Suicide 155

Chapter Ten: The Emergent Psychiatric Science of Work: Rethinking the Biological and the Social 174

Chapter Eleven: The Future of Depression: Beyond Psychopharmaceuticals 193

References 201
Index 231

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