Madness and Subjectivity: A Cross-Cultural Examination of Psychosis in the West and India, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Madness and Subjectivity

A Cross-Cultural Examination of Psychosis in the West and India, 1st Edition

By Ayurdhi Dhar

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168 pages

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This crucial new work draws on empirical findings from rural North India in relation to madness and subjectivity, revealing the different structures of subjectivity underlying the narratives of schizophrenia, spirits, ghosts, and deities.

Unravelling the loose ends of madness, the author explores the cultural differences in understanding and experiencing madness to examine how modern insanity is treated as a clinical disorder, but historically it represents how we form knowledge and understand self-knowledge. The author begins by theoretically investigating how the schizophrenic personifies the fractures in modern Western thought to explain why, despite decades of intense contention, the category of schizophrenia is still alive. She then examines the narratives of people in the Himalayan Mountains of rural India to reveal the discursive conditions that animate their stories around what psychology calls psychosis, critiquing the monoculturalism in trauma theory and challenging the ongoing march of the Global Mental Health Movement in the Global South.

Examining what a study of madness reveals about two different cultures, and their ways of thinking and being, this is a fascinating reading for students interested in mental health, critical psychology, and Indian culture.

Table of Contents

PREFACE

CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 2: INSIDE SCHIZOPHRENIA -- A HOUSE OF MIRRORS

CHAPTER 3: THE ‘UNALIENATED’ ALIEN: SCHIZOPHRENIC AS A HYPER-MODERN SUBJECT

CHAPTER 4: DEITIES AND DESIRE – AN ANALYSIS

CHAPTER 5: THE SLIP AND THE SANE: AN ANALYSIS OF SUBJECTIVITY

CHAPTER 6: CASE AND POINT: THE GIRL CHILD’S STORY

CHAPTER 7: NO COUNTRY FOR PSYCHOLOGY

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About the Author

Ayurdhi Dhar, Ph.D. is an instructor of psychology at the University of West Georgia. She has taught psychology in the United States and in India, where she also worked as a psychotherapist. Her research interests include the relation between schizophrenia and immigration, discursive practices sustaining the concept of mental illness, and critiques of acontextual and ahistorical forms of knowledge. She spends her time negotiating the guilt of being an ardent animal lover and meat eater.

About the Series

Concepts for Critical Psychology

Disciplinary Boundaries Re-thought

Developments inside psychology that question the history of the discipline and the way it functions in society have led many psychologists to look outside the discipline for new ideas. This series draws on cutting edge critiques from just outside psychology in order to complement and question critical arguments emerging inside. The authors provide new perspectives on subjectivity from disciplinary debates and cultural phenomena adjacent to traditional studies of the individual.

The books in the series are useful for advanced level undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers and lecturers in psychology and other related disciplines such as cultural studies, geography, literary theory, philosophy, psychotherapy, social work and sociology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY000000
PSYCHOLOGY / General
PSY022050
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Schizophrenia
PSY031000
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
PSY036000
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health