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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: January 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521536417

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  • This volume brings together a number of the foremost scholars - anthropologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and historians - studying schizophrenia, its subjective dimensions, and the cultural processes through which these are experienced. Based on research undertaken in Australia, Bangladesh, Borneo, Canada, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, the United States and Zanzibar, it also incorporates a critical analysis of World Health Organization cross-cultural findings. Contributors share an interest in subjective and interpretive aspects of illness, but all work with a concept of schizophrenia that addresses its biological dimensions. The volume is of interest to scholars in the social and human sciences for the theoretical attention given to the relationship between culture and subjectivity. Multidisciplinary in design, it is written in a style accessible to a diverse readership, including undergraduate students. It is of practical relevance not only to psychiatrists, but also to all mental health professionals.

    • 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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    '… the book is a superb achievement, and should become essential reading for students of mind and culture alike.' Anthropos

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    • Date Published: January 2004
    • 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

    Contributors

    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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