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SubjectivityEthnographic Investigations$
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Joao Biehl, Byron Good, and Arthur Kleinman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247925

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247925.001.0001

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The “other” of Culture in Psychosis

The “other” of Culture in Psychosis

The Ex-Centricity of the Subject

(p.273) 9 The “other” of Culture in Psychosis

Ellen Corin

University of California Press

This chapter considers the argument that the psychotic person's isolation is not simply a flight from reality, and discussing psychotic withdrawal in the context of Hinduism and North American sociality, where it necessarily assumes different forms. It shows that subjectivity is constructed in relation to tinkering, which is a practice ignored by dominant biopsychiatric categories and interventions. The chapter also suggests that these kinds of relationship to withdrawal and to otherness expand the borders of psychology and anthropology, and tries to understand personal and public experiences of meaning-making.

Keywords:   psychotic person, isolation, psychotic withdrawal, sociality, tinkering, biopsychiatric categories, meaning-making

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