By Vieda Skultans, John Cox

ISBN-10: 1853027081

ISBN-13: 9781853027086

Written predominantly for these operating within the psychological future health prone, this ebook goals to increase the speculation and perform of psychiatry. The chapters discover the tradition of psychiatry in addition to trying to reaffirm the significance of anthropology for knowing psychiatric perform and mental issues in either socio-historical and person contexts. the improvement and use of psychiatric diagnostic different types, the character of expressed emotion inside cross-cultural contexts and the spiritual context of perceptions of pathological behaviour are all refracted via an anthropological standpoint. the second one a part of this ebook focuses medical functions.

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Harmondsworth: Penguin. Hendry, J. (1999) An Introduction to Social Anthropology. Other People’s Worlds. Basingstoke and London: Macmillan. Hollis, M. and Lukes, S. (1982) Rationality and Relativism. Oxford: Blackwell. Holy, L. (ed) (1987) Comparative Anthropology. Oxford: Blackwell. Jackson, A. (ed) (1987) Anthropology at Home. London: Tavistock. Janzen, J. (1978) The Quest for Therapy in Lower Zaire. Berkeley: University of California Press. P. M. ’ Social Science and Medicine 12B, 255–261. INTRODUCTION 35 Kiev, A.

However, like so many other concepts taken over by anthropologists, what or where home is is no longer clear cut. 5). The distinction was originally introduced by Kenneth Pike (1966). This has come to be known as the writing culture debate after the collection of essays with that title focuses on anthropology not only as doing but as writing (Clifford and Marcus 1986). Rosaldo’s chapter merits particular attention for the way in which it identifies the literary devices employed by Evans-Pritchard to convince the reader of his authority and his right to speak on behalf of the natives.

For a classical exposition of culture as hierarchy, see Edward Burnett Tylor (1959). This emphasis on immersion in the concrete reminds us of anthropology’s dual inheritance. Although anthropology clearly belonged to the Enlightenment project it also has roots in the counter-Enlightenment thinkers: Vico in Italy and Herder and Hahnemann in Germany. The easiest way of familiarizing oneself with these writers is through the writings of Isaiah Berlin (1976, 1979). The recognition of the social shaping of science and medicine is, of course, in contradiction with Popper’s idea that scientific truth depends upon falsifiability.

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