Features

Prevalence of self-harm reflects our social isolation

Since the late 1980s growing numbers of mental health professionals and media commentators in Britain and the USA have been concerned with a behaviour labelled as ‘self-harm’, ‘deliberate self-harm’ or ‘self-injury’. It is often seen as a secret or hidden practice, and it is almost always ‘on the rise’, especially among adolescent females. Most commonly it refers to self-cutting or …

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War Death and Epidemiological Imagination

During the recent government shutdown, denial of the “death gratuity” to families of recently deceased veterans of the war in Afghanistan allowed people on both sides of a glaring political divide to condemn an unacceptable form of abandonment. Even in a climate of austerity, war deaths and injuries carry unquestioned obligations. It would seem that determining which fatalities fall into …

In the Journals

Cultures of the internet: a special issue of Transcultural Psychiatry

The latest issue of Transcultural Psychiatry is devoted to “Cultures of the Internet” – also the title of the 2011 McGill Advanced Study Institute (ASI) in Cultural Psychiatry at which many of the papers were originally presented.  In our introductory essay to the issue, Laurence Kirmayer, Sadeq Rahimi and I examine some of the issues which the Internet and other …

In the Journals

Special Issue: Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, “Ethnographies of Suicide”

The June issue of Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry is a special issue entitled, “Ethnographies of Suicide.” As guest editors James Staples and Tom Widger write in their introduction:

“This special issue—which has its genesis in a 2-day, international workshop3—comes at the end of a century of sporadic anthropological interest in suicidal behaviour, building on the groundwork established by scholars such