Anthropological Approaches to Psychological Medicine: by Vieda Skultans, John Cox

By Vieda Skultans, John Cox

Written predominantly for these operating within the psychological overall healthiness companies, this ebook goals to increase the speculation and perform of psychiatry. The chapters discover the tradition of psychiatry in addition to looking to reaffirm the significance of anthropology for knowing psychiatric perform and mental issues in either socio-historical and person contexts. the advance 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 viewpoint. the second one a part of this publication focuses medical purposes.

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But perhaps attention can be drawn to some of anthropology’s traditional areas of interest. Anthropological studies of symbolism and ritual have much to contribute to medicine and psychiatry. As Turner’s (1967) profound understanding of the Ndembu showed, symbols (the smallest element of ritual) belong both to language and to the body; they are at one and the same time public and private. They mediate between polarities of corporeal and moral and social meanings. In the process of so doing physical experience is harnessed and gives power to community sentiments.

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