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Madness and Subjectivity: A Cross-Cultural Examination of Psychosis in the West and India

Madness and Subjectivity: A Cross-Cultural Examination of Psychosis in the West and India
 

This crucial new work draws on empirical findings from rural North India in relation to madness and subjectivity, revealing the different structures of subjectivity underlying the narratives of schizophrenia, spirits, ghosts, and deities. Unravelling the loose ends of madness, th... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780367195717
Barcode 9780367195717
Release Date 27 September 2019 by Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Dhar, Ayurdhi
Series Concepts for Critical Psychology
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ISBN-13 9780367195717
ISBN-10 0367195712
Stock Release date is 27 September 2019
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Release Date 27 September 2019
International Release Date 19 October 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Dhar, Ayurdhi
Series Concepts for Critical Psychology
Category Psychology
Social, Group Or Collective Psychology
Clinical Psychology
Number of Pages 168
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 216mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code Not specified
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This crucial new work draws on empirical findings from rural North India in relation to madness and subjectivity, revealing the different structures of subjectivity underlying the narratives of schizophrenia, spirits, ghosts, and deities. Unravelling the loose ends of madness, the author explores the cultural differences in understanding and experiencing madness to examine how modern insanity is treated as a clinical disorder, but historically it represents how we form knowledge and understand self-knowledge. The author begins by theoretically investigating how the schizophrenic personifies the fractures in modern Western thought to explain why, despite decades of intense contention, the category of schizophrenia is still alive. She then examines the narratives of people in the Himalayan Mountains of rural India to reveal the discursive conditions that animate their stories around what psychology calls psychosis, critiquing the monoculturalism in trauma theory and challenging the ongoing march of the Global Mental Health Movement in the Global South. Examining what a study of madness reveals about two different cultures, and their ways of thinking and being, this is a fascinating reading for students interested in mental health, critical psychology, and Indian culture.

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Author's Bio

Ayurdhi Dhar, Ph.D. is an instructor of psychology at the University of West Georgia. She has taught psychology in the United States and in India, where she also worked as a psychotherapist. Her research interests include the relation between schizophrenia and immigration, discursive practices sustaining the concept of mental illness, and critiques of acontextual and ahistorical forms of knowledge. She spends her time negotiating the guilt of being an ardent animal lover and meat eater.

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