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Extraordinary Conditions: Culture and Mental Illness

Thinking Aloud
  • Nov 30, 2015
  • 25:38

In her new book Extraordinary Conditions: Culture and Experience in Mental Illness, medical anthropologist Janice H. Jenkins explores a little-known aspect of mental illness: that its onset, manifestation, diagnosis, and cure are all filtered through the lens of culture.  In other words, the same biological illness looks and acts differently depending on the cultural context in which it occurs. This is a perspective primarily available via the tools of medical anthropology and Jenkins is here to discuss her research on this topic. Show More...

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