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Making It CrazyAn Ethnography of Psychiatric Clients in an American Community$
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Sue Estroff

Print publication date: 1985

Print ISBN-13: 9780520054516

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520054516.001.0001

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Reviews of Relevant Literature

Reviews of Relevant Literature

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(p.199) 8 Reviews of Relevant Literature
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Making It Crazy
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Sue E. Estroff

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520054516.003.0008

This chapter provides the relevant literature on the community treatment of long-term psychiatric patients, and psychiatric anthropology and ethnography of deviant or marginal people. Psychiatry has conveyed a view of the individual as a feeling, perceiving entity, and not simply as a bearer of culture. Medical anthropology is a label recently adopted for an area of inquiry that has always been a part of ethnographic research. Concepts of disease can be seen as cultural classifications of adversity reflecting the group's general attitude toward misfortune. Every author who has worked in an American setting has shown that American values and actions regarding deviance and psychiatric disorders have affected the deviant individual in his construction of a separate reality and identity closely tied to the cultural prescriptions and beliefs regarding his particular malady.

Keywords:   community treatment, psychiatric patients, psychiatric anthropology, ethnography, deviant, marginal people, psychiatric disorder

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