What's Behind The Symptom?: On Psychiatric Observation and Anthropological Understanding, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

What's Behind The Symptom?

On Psychiatric Observation and Anthropological Understanding, 1st Edition

By Angel Martinez-Hernaez

CRC Press

296 pages

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Hardback: 9789057026126
pub: 2000-07-06

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This book addresses the traditional perception of symptoms and whether they are physical signs of illness or symbolic and cultural forms of expression. The research presented here examines contemporary psychiatric knowledge, medical anthropology, and the fields of psychiatry/psychology to find answers regarding the interpretation of symptoms. This book also offers critical analyses of Freud, Kraepelin, Foucault, Barthes and Peirce, among others, as part of its critical framework.

Table of Contents

What Is Behind the Symptom. On Psychiatric Observation The Dream of Biomedical Psychiatry. Kraepelin Versus Freud: A Retrospective. Neo-Kraepelinism (I): Nosologies. Neo-Kraepelinism (II): Epidemiologies. The Limits of Psychiatric Observation. and Anthropological Understanding. Toward an Anthropology of Symptoms (I): Four Pre-interpretive Approaches. Toward an Anthropology of Symptoms (II): Hermeneutics and Politics. Semiotic Incursions. Ethnographic Interpretations: Symptoms, Symbols, and Small Worlds. The Limits of Ethnographic Interpretations.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Psychiatry / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health