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The work of culture : symbolic transformation in psychoanalysis and anthropology
""The Work of Culture" is the product of two decades of field research by Sri Lanka's most distinguished anthropological interpreter, and its combination of textual analysis, ethnographicExpand
Stigmatization of severe mental illness in India: Against the simple industrialization hypothesis
This is the first study, using an ethnographically derived stigmatization scale, to report increased stigma amongst a rural Indian population, and does not fully support the industrialization hypothesis to explain better outcome of severe mental illness in low-income nations. Expand
Pathology and Identity: The Work of Mother Earth in Trinidad
Acknowledgements 1. The coming of the Earth People 2. A certain degree of instability 3. Madness, vice and Tabanka: popular knowledge of psychopathology in Trinidad 4. Mother Earth and theExpand
Psychiatric stigma across cultures: Local validation in Bangalore and London
Public responses to depression have a powerful effect on patients' personal experience of illness, the course and outcome of the illness, and their ability to obtain gainful employment. MentalExpand
Cultural experience of depression among white Britons in London
Cultural pluralism that characterises many major urban centres, especially London, underscores needs for research in cultural psychiatry to identify distinctive needs for mental health services andExpand
Pathologies of the West: An Anthropology of Mental Illness in Europe and America
The instrumental body in the transition to modernity and multiple personality returns: the dialogue between reason and necessity are explored. Expand
Ideology, Camouflage or Contingency? Racism in British Psychiatry
"...Are we so sure that the racist form of intolerance results chiefly from the wrong ideas of this or that group of people about the dependence of cultural evolution on organic evolution? Might notExpand
Psychiatry's Culture
  • R. Littlewood
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • The International journal of social psychiatry
  • 1 December 1996
The later concept of 'culture-bound pathology', like the psychoanalysts' 'modal personality', only imperfectly escaped from evaluative assumptions of 'development', but it is difficult to argue that psychiatry provided British colonial administrations with any significant ideological justification. Expand
Limits to Agency in Psychopathology: A Comparison of Trinidad and Albania
  • R. Littlewood
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Anthropology & medicine
  • 21 February 2007
This paper contrasts the limits of agency in local understandings of ‘psychopathology’ for two societies: a fishing village in Trinidad and an agricultural mountain village in Albania. Expand