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Agitated children, turbulent trajectories: Towards a comparison between Europe and South America – a workshop report

This article describes the main discussions and contributions of the first workshop of the International Research Network on Disruptive Behaviours. The workshop was held at the “Centre for Research in Medicine, Science, Health, Mental Health and Society” (CERMES-3) in Paris, in January 2017. The second network workshop will be organised by the “Transdisciplinary Laboratory in Social Practices and

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 …

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Book review: Summerson Carr’s Scripting Addiction

Scripting Addiction: The Politics of Therapeutic Talk and American Sobriety

by E. Summerson Carr

 

Princeton University Press, 2010.

323 pp., US$29.95 (paperback).

 

E. Summerson Carr’s Scripting Addiction is an ethnography of American talk therapy for drug users. It explores the myriad ways in which symptoms of addiction are constructed, identified, and managed in this setting. Carr’s rich and …

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Alain Ehrenberg’s The Weariness of the Self



This post is from Anne M. Lovell



Alain Ehrenberg‘s sociological bestseller, La Fatigue d’être soi, is finally out in English, under the title, The Weariness of the Self: Diagnosing the History of Depression in the Contemporary Age, and with a preface by Allan Young.

From the Press:

“Depression, once a subfield of neurosis, has become the most

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The Berlin Wall as metaphor and diagnosis

Twenty years ago today the Berlin Wall fell (both materially and metaphorically) and state socialism in Eastern Europe entered its final period of collapse.  However, as the ample anthropological literature on the area shows us (and as Slavoj Zizek discusses in an op-ed piece in today’s New York Times) two decades of postsocialism have had far from unequivocal results.

A …