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Persuasions of the Witch's Craft: Ritual Magic in Contemporary England.
Profiles the surprising number of otherwise normal people who practice magic and witchcraft in England today, detailing how they became involved in witchcraft, the history and tradition of magic, and
Metakinesis: How God Becomes Intimate in Contemporary U.S. Christianity
Contemporary U.S. religion is shaped by a new emphasis on bodily and trance experience. This article describes the learning process through which evangelical congregants come to use language and
"The street will drive you crazy": why homeless psychotic women in the institutional circuit in the United States often say no to offers of help.
  • T. Luhrmann
  • Psychology, Medicine
    The American journal of psychiatry
  • 2008
TLDR
The ethnographic method is used to examine the reasons for refusal among women who are homeless and psychiatrically ill in the institutional circuit in an urban area of Chicago to suggest that offers of help-specifically, diagnosis-dependent housing-to those on the street may be more successful when explicit psychiatric diagnosis is downplayed.
Hallucinations and Sensory Overrides
Hallucinations are a vivid illustration of the way culture affects our most fundamental mental experience and the way that mind is shaped both by cultural invitation and by biological constraint. The
Social defeat and the culture of chronicity: or, why schizophrenia does so well over there and so badly here
  • T. Luhrmann
  • Psychology, Medicine
    Culture, medicine and psychiatry
  • 30 May 2007
TLDR
It is proposed that “social defeat” may be one of the social factors that may impact illness experience and uses original ethnographic research to argue that social defeat is a common feature of thesocial context in which many people diagnosed with schizophrenia in America live today.
A Hyperreal God and Modern Belief
This article argues that there is an epistemological style associated with much American evangelical Christianity that is strikingly different from that found in never-secular Christianities. This
Culture and Hallucinations: Overview and Future Directions
TLDR
It is argued that the extant body of work suggests that culture does indeed have a significant impact on the experience, understanding, and labeling of hallucinations and that there may be important theoretical and clinical consequences of that observation.
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