Reviews of Relevant Literature

Sue E. Estroff

in Making It Crazy

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 1985 | ISBN: 9780520054516
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520907751 | DOI:
Reviews of Relevant Literature

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This chapter provides the relevant literature on the community treatment of long-term psychiatric patients, and psychiatric anthropology and ethnography of deviant or marginal people. Psychiatry has conveyed a view of the individual as a feeling, perceiving entity, and not simply as a bearer of culture. Medical anthropology is a label recently adopted for an area of inquiry that has always been a part of ethnographic research. Concepts of disease can be seen as cultural classifications of adversity reflecting the group's general attitude toward misfortune. Every author who has worked in an American setting has shown that American values and actions regarding deviance and psychiatric disorders have affected the deviant individual in his construction of a separate reality and identity closely tied to the cultural prescriptions and beliefs regarding his particular malady.

Keywords: community treatment; psychiatric patients; psychiatric anthropology; ethnography; deviant; marginal people; psychiatric disorder

Chapter.  4909 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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