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Revenge of the Windigo: Construction of the Mind and Mental Health of North American Aboriginal Peoples / Edition 2

Revenge of the Windigo: Construction of the Mind and Mental Health of North American Aboriginal Peoples / Edition 2

by James Waldram


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ISBN-13: 9780802086006
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Publication date: 04/28/2004
Series: Anthropological Horizons
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 430
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

James B. Waldram is a medical anthropologist at the University of Saskatchewan. He is the author of many articles and books, including Aboriginal Health in Canada: Historical, Cultural and Epidemiological Perspectives, with D. Ann Herring and T. Kue Young, 1995.

Table of Contents

1Introduction: Monsters and Mental Health3
Themes and Influences8
Plan of the Book14
About the Title17
Part AConstructing the Aboriginal
2Constructing Aboriginal Personality: The Early Years21
Ruth Benedict and the Boasian Tradition22
The Emergence of Psychoanalytical Anthropology and the Search for the Indians' 'Basic Personality Structure'27
The Indian Education Research Project29
3The Psychoanalyst's Aboriginal44
Anthropology and the Rorschach: No Experience Required44
The Generation of Aboriginal Personality Portraits48
Atomism and the Northern Indian55
Persistence of the Rorschach60
4Measuring the Aboriginal69
Acculturation and the Conceptualization of Aboriginality69
Measuring Aboriginal Cultural Orientation76
Measuring Aboriginal Personality: The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory84
The Confusion of Race and Culture in the Measurement of Aboriginal Intelligence89
Constructing the Aboriginal Variable95
Part BThe Disordered Aboriginal
5The Construction of Aboriginal Psychopathology105
'Latent Schizophrenics and Primitive People': Early Studies of Psychopathology105
Marginality and the 'Caught-Between-Two-Worlds' Paradigm114
Acculturative Stress118
Community-Based Epidemiological Studies124
6The Alcoholic Aboriginal134
The Biologically Susceptible Aboriginal135
The How and Why of Aboriginal Drinking142
Indian Drinking and White Man Drinking157
Emerging Epidemiological Issues161
7The Depressed Aboriginal167
Conceptualizing Depression and Suicide168
Measuring and Treating Aboriginal Depression and Suicide176
An Ethnographic Approach to the Study of Aboriginal Depression185
8The Culture-Bound Aboriginal190
The Culture-Bound Syndromes190
Windigo Psychosis192
Ghost Sickness199
Why the Culture-Bound Syndromes Persist203
9The Traumatized Aboriginal212
Conceptualizing Trauma and PTSD212
Trauma and Aboriginal Peoples215
Historic, Cultural, and Collective Trauma221
Trauma and the Construction of 'Residential School Syndrome'228
Part CTreating the Aboriginal
10The Clinician's Aboriginal239
The Anthropological Roots of Aboriginal Values Research239
The Psychologist's Approach to Aboriginal Values243
Delineating the Ethics, Values, and Behaviours of the Aboriginal249
Essentializing the Aboriginal/Non-Aboriginal Dichotomy256
Values and Treatment259
11Healing the Traditional Aboriginal271
Aboriginal Theories of Mental Health and Illness272
The Holistic Aboriginal275
Re-opening the Mind/Body Debate278
The Use of Culture and Tradition in Treatment286
Defining 'Traditional Aboriginal Healing'294
12Conclusion: The Windigo's Revenge300
Disturbed, Disordered, and Dysfunctional301
Problems of Culture and History306
Defining the Aboriginal312
Contemporary Aboriginal Cultural Realities: Creolization and Beyond316

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