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Ethnopsychiatry by Atwood D. Gaines

Ethnopsychiatry

Description : This book outlines a “new ethnopsychiatry,” one that considers popular or folk ethnomedicines and professional psychiatric systems in the same discourse, effacing the traditional distinction between psychiatry and ethnopsychiatry. The essays in this volume are from a diverse, interdisciplinary group representing history, psychology, sociology, and medicine, as well as anthropology. The author view both ethnomedical practices and illness as local cultural constructions. They consider ideologies and institutions from both professional and popular ethnopsychiatric systems in America, Western Europe, South Africa, the Caribbean, Japan, and India. The book demonstrates that professional and popular psychiatric medicines lie along the same local cultural continua, that professional, “scientific” psychiatries and less formalized systems of local popular psychology are epistemological relatives, aspects of common cultural discourses on normality and abnormality. The essays reject the notion of a universal, uniform reality of psychopathology beyond cultural boundaries, but the data strongly support the cultural and historically constructed nature of ethnopsychiatry, in its illness, ideologies, and institutions.

Subtitle : The Cultural Construction of Professional and Folk Psychiatries

Authors : Atwood D. Gaines

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Publisher : SUNY Press

ISBN : 9781438403618

Page : 506 Pages

Categories : Social Science

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