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Intersections of culture, power, and mental illness by examining experiences of suffering and its management, the history of psychiatry, and the relationship of culture to concepts of mental and emotional disorder. Cross-cultural approach examining non-Western as well as Western settings, and varied forms and histories of psychiatry. Models for medical structure of care, and affliction and healing beyond the clinic, in contexts of religion, ritual, and everyday life. Topics include diagnostic processes and the creation of categories, stigma and models of clinical care, hysteria, spirit possession, pharmaceuticals, and the relationship of trauma to political structures. Source material includes ethnographic and historical writing, clinical studies, fiction, film, and art. We will engage anthropological and historical theories that emerge from the study of mental illness and critical readings of "madness," including considerations of social suffering, biosociality, political subjectivity, and postcolonial disorder.Recommendations: One ANTH course or consent.

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  • School of Arts & Sciences