Worlds of Psychotic People

Wanderers, 'Bricoleurs' and Strategists

By Els van Dongen

© 2004 – Routledge

272 pages

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Paperback: 9780415654807
pub: 2013-03-22
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About the Book

Worlds of Psychotic People brings a fresh twenty-first century voice to the lives of those with serious psychological disorders, focusing on the manner in which psychiatric patients experience their subjective worlds. Based on ethnographic research gathered at the psychiatric hospital of Saint Anthony's in the Netherlands over a period of five years, it seeks to describe from the perspective of the mental patient some of the fears and hopes that mark an individual's encounter with the fixed reality-structures of a clinical mental ward.


'A valuable book providing emprirical evidence on pateints' encounter with therapeutic interventions to supplement the growing anthropological research on the experiential and sociocultural aspects of mental illness.' – Social Anthropology

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Theory and Practice in Medical Anthropology

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General