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Religion and Psychoanalysis in India

Critical Clinical Practice, 1st Edition

By Sabah Siddiqui


124 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Religion and Psychoanalysis in India questions the assumptions of an established scientific, evidence-based global mental health paradigm by examining the practices of faith-based healing. It proposes that human beings demonstrate a dual loyalty: to science as faith and faith as science, both of which get reconfigured in the process. In this particular context, science and faith are deployed in ways that are not only different but at times contrary to mainstream discourses of science and religion, and faith healing becomes a point where these two discourses collide head-on in negotiating cultural values and practices. The book addresses key questions, such as:

  • What is the value of 'faith healing' in understanding distress and treatment in different cultural contexts?
  • What is a critical psychological perspective on faith and religious systems?
  • What challenges do alternative religious practices pose to critical psychology?
  • How should we re-imagine clinical work in a context marked by science and religion?

Situated between 'West' and 'East', between the global mental health movement and local faith-based practices in India, the book addresses a wide audience that includes students and researchers in psychology, cultural and medical anthropology, the sociology of religion, cultural theory, postcolonial theory, and the sociology of science. It will also appeal to policy-makers and practitioners interested in the work of NGOs and the legal frameworks driving mental health movements in India.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Map 1. Introduction 2. On Method 3. Ghosts from the past 4. Woman or Goddess? 5. Prayers, pills and politics 6. In Lieu of a Conclusion Glossary References Index

About the Author

Sabah Siddiqui is a full-time funded doctoral researcher in the School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester, UK.

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:
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
RELIGION / Religion & Science
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology of Religion
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disease & Health Issues