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Schizophrenia, Culture, and Subjectivity

Schizophrenia, Culture, and Subjectivity
The Edge of Experience

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Medical Anthropology

Arthur Kleinman, Janis H. Jenkins, Robert J. Barrett, Kim Hopper, Ellen Corin, R. Thara, R. Padmavati, Rod Lucas, Byron Good, M. A. Subandi, James M. Wilce, Jr., Esperanza Diaz, Alberto Fergusson, John S. Strauss, Jonathan Sadowsky, Juli H. McGruder, Sue E. Estroff, Louis A. Sass, Ann M. Kring, Marja K. Germans
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  • Date Published: November 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521536417

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  • Based on international research, this collection incorporates a critical analysis of World Health Organization cross-cultural findings. Contributors share an interest in subjective and interpretive aspects of illness, while maintaining the concept of schizophrenia that addresses its biological aspects. The volume is of interest to scholars in the social and human sciences, and of practical relevance not only to psychiatrists, but all mental health professionals encountering the clinical problems bridging culture and psychosis.

    • Demonstrates culture is critical in nearly every aspect of schizophrenia, including the identification of the illness, social responses, support, stigma, and outcome of illness
    • Elucidates the connections between a person's local world and the subjective experience of schizophrenia
    • Illustrates that social and cultural engagement is a crucial element of recovery from schizophrenia
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This book stimulates the interest of clinicians to understand the distinctive configuration of cultural influences at play in their patient's context. The book is a great resource for all mental health professionals seeking to understand culture and subjective experience in schizophrenia." Psychiatric Services, Jagannathan Srinivasaraghavan, M.D.

    "This major work on schizophrenia brings together psychiatrists, psychologists, anthropologists and one historian to address how culture is manifest in and part of mental illness, specifically and for good reason, schizophrenia." Peter Trnka, Metapsychology Online Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521536417
    • length: 382 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 7 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Arthur Kleinman
    Introduction Janis H. Jenkins and Robert J. Barrett
    Part I. Specifying Culture, Self and Experience:
    1. Schizophrenia as a paradigm for understanding fundamental human processes Janis H. Jenkins
    2. Interrogating 'culture' in the WHO International Studies of Schizophrenia Kim Hopper
    3. Kurt Schneider in Borneo: do first rank symptoms apply to the Iban? Robert J. Barrett
    4. Living through a staggering world: the play of signifiers in early psychosis in South India Ellen Corin, R. Thara and R. Padmavati
    5. In and out of culture: ethnographic means to interpreting schizophrenia Rod Lucas
    Part II. Four Approaches:
    6. Experiences of psychosis in Javanese culture: reflections on a case of acute, recurrent psychosis in contemporary Yogyakarta, Indonesia Byron Good and M. A. Subandi
    7. To 'speak beautifully' in Bangladesh: subjectivity as pa/gala/mi James M. Wilce, Jr.
    8. Innovative care for the homeless mentally ill in Bogota, Columbia Esperanza Diaz, Alberto Fergusson and John S. Strauss
    9. Symptoms of colonialism: content and context of delusion in Southwest Nigeria, 1945–60 Jonathan Sadowsky
    Part III. Subjectivity and Emotion:
    10. Madness in Zanzibar: an exploration of lived experience Juli H. McGruder
    11. Subject/subjectiveness in dispute: the poetics, politics, and performance of first-person narratives of people with schizophrenia Sue E. Estroff
    12. 'Negative symptoms', common sense, and cultural disembedding in the modern age Louis A. Sass
    13. Subjective experience of emotion in schizophrenia Ann M. Kring and Marja K. Germans.

  • Editors

    Janis Hunter Jenkins, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio

    Robert John Barrett, University of Adelaide


    Arthur Kleinman, Janis H. Jenkins, Robert J. Barrett, Kim Hopper, Ellen Corin, R. Thara, R. Padmavati, Rod Lucas, Byron Good, M. A. Subandi, James M. Wilce, Jr., Esperanza Diaz, Alberto Fergusson, John S. Strauss, Jonathan Sadowsky, Juli H. McGruder, Sue E. Estroff, Louis A. Sass, Ann M. Kring, Marja K. Germans

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