Teaching Resources

Teaching ‘Mental Disorder’

This undergraduate course introduces ways anthropologists theorise and research mental disorder, treatment and recovery. It reflects a growing interest in anthropology’s encounter with the key ‘psych’ disciplines and the human and social sciences, evident in the well-spring of new university courses in psychological and psychiatric anthropology in the U.S, Canada and Australia, and the transnational migration of this interest to …

Books

Deborah Weinstein’s The Pathological Family

The Pathological Family: Postwar America and the Rise of Family Therapy

by Deborah Weinstein

Cornell University Press, 2013. 280 pages.


In ‘The Pathological Family’, Deborah Weinstein argues that in mid-20th century America, researchers and clinicians developed a new mode of therapy to treat families focusing on structural and relational aspects of family life.  In doing so, they implicitly acknowledged …

In the Journals

History of Psychiatric Epidemiology — An International Journal of Epidemiology supplement

The International Journal of Epidemiology just published a special supplement, edited by Anne Lovell and Ezra Susser and entitled “History of Psychiatric Epidemiology.” The supplement consists of an introduction by Lovell and Susser and five articles, the abstracts of which are below.

What might be a history of psychiatric epidemiology? Towards a social history and conceptual account
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Features

Jean Oury and Clinique de La Borde: A Conversation with Camille Robcis

Jean Oury died on May 15, 2014.  The 300-word obituary written by Élisabeth Roudinesco for Le Monde was certainly proportionate to the awareness of the man and his work, but wholly unequal to his influence and reach within medical thought and intellectual life in France for more than a half century.  Oury, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, created a legacy along …

In the Journals

Psychiatrised Children and their Rights: Global Perspectives — A Special Issue of Children & Society

The current issue of Children & Society is a special issue entitled “Psychiatrised Children and their Rights: Global Perspectives.” The issue is edited by Brenda A. LeFrançois and Vicki Coppock, who introduce it in their piece, “Psychiatrised Children and their Rights: Starting the Conversation.” The rest of the issue’s abstracts are as follows:

Sick or Sad?

Books

Stefan Ecks’ Eating Drugs

Eating Drugs: Psychopharmaceutical Pluralism in India

by Stefan Ecks

New York University Press, 2013. 233 pp.

 

In Stefan Ecks’ poignant ethnography, he illuminates the relationship between digestive health and mental health in Calcutta, paying particular attention to the contributions this relationship has made to a pharmaceuticalized India. He traces three medical systems––Ayurvedic, homeopathic and allopathic––as they each locate the …