Our Most Troubling Madness (Paperback)
Case Studies in Schizophrenia across Cultures (Ethnographic Studies in Subjectivity #11)
University of California Press, 9780520291096, 304pp.
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
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This book gives an intimate, personal account of those living with serious psychotic disorder in the United States, India, Africa, and Southeast Asia. It introduces the notion that social defeat—the physical or symbolic defeat of one person by another—is a core mechanism in the increased risk for psychotic illness. Furthermore, “care-as-usual” treatment as it occurs in the United States actually increases the likelihood of social defeat, while “care-as-usual” treatment in a country like India diminishes it.
About the Author
Jocelyn Marrow is a cultural anthropologist and Senior Study Director at Westat in Rockville, Maryland.