The “other” of Culture in Psychosis

Ellen Corin

in Subjectivity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780520247925
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939639 | DOI:
The “other” of Culture in Psychosis

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This chapter considers the argument that the psychotic person's isolation is not simply a flight from reality, and discussing psychotic withdrawal in the context of Hinduism and North American sociality, where it necessarily assumes different forms. It shows that subjectivity is constructed in relation to tinkering, which is a practice ignored by dominant biopsychiatric categories and interventions. The chapter also suggests that these kinds of relationship to withdrawal and to otherness expand the borders of psychology and anthropology, and tries to understand personal and public experiences of meaning-making.

Keywords: psychotic person; isolation; psychotic withdrawal; sociality; tinkering; biopsychiatric categories; meaning-making

Chapter.  19263 words. 

Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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