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Pathology and Identity
The Work of Mother Earth in Trinidad

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Date Published: April 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521026154

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  • The Earth People of Trinidad draw on Yoruba sources to assert the particular power of female creativity. This first new Caribbean religion since Rastafari is led by a woman, Mother Earth, whose ideas emerged from her experience of a cerebral disease. The author, Roland Littlewood, who is both a psychiatrist and a social anthropologist, offers a nonreductionist view on the relationship between pathology and creativity, between the natural and the human sciences.

    • A wide interdisciplinary appeal - anthropology, cross-cultural psychology, Caribbean studies, Women's studies
    • A high-profile author, known for his influential book Aliens and Alienists
    • Questions established views on psychopathology and creativity and offers a fresh new approach
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...both original and truly significant. It represents a major contribution to the study of millenarian movements, to African-Caribbean Studies and, one would hope, to the writing of ethnography...Littlewood's text is neither book-bound nor prosaic. It is refreshingly erudite and beautifully written." Times Literary Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521026154
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.536kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 1 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The coming of the Earth People
    2. A certain degree of instability
    3. Madness, vice and Tabanka: popular knowledge of psychopathology in Trinidad
    4. Mother Earth and the psychiatrists
    5. Putting out the life
    6. Your ancestor is you: African in a new world
    7. Nature and the millennium
    8. Incest: the naked earth
    9. The beginning of the end: everyday life in the valley
    10. Genesis of meanings, limits of mimesis
    List of references

  • Author

    Roland Littlewood, University College London

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