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Spring 2009-2010
* ANT 270 (EC)   na, npdf

Anthropology of Mental Illness

Noelle Jean Molé

We adopt a comparative, historical, and cultural approach to mental health, and its accompanying illnesses, remedies, and institutions. Especially important will be the creation of cultural consensus surrounding categories of normal and pathological in mental health, and their subsequent codification in diagnoses, treatments, and institutions. We'll examine psychoanalytic theory, American psychiatry, and debates that call the very premise of disordered health and "madness" into question. We'll also focus on ethnographic accounts of mental illnesses: depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, and the global rise of pharmaceuticals treatments.

Sample reading list:
Thomas Ssasz, The Myth of Mental Illness
Michel Foucault, Madness and Civilization
Theresa O'Nell, Disciplined Hearts
Allan Young, Harmony of Illusions
Lorna Rhodes, Total Confinement
Devon Hinton and Byron Good, Culture and Panic Disorder

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly Précis: Analytical discussion of key themes, criticisms, and insights in the reading (1-2 pp, ss). Short Analytical Essay. Research Essay: Craft a research essay around a related topic of your particular interest (14-16 pages).

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 5%

Reserved Seats:
Open to ANT Concentrators Only 4
Freshmen Only 10
Sophomores Only 10
Juniors Only 3
Seniors Only 3

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
45584 C01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm T Th   Lewis Library   138   Enrolled:33 Limit:30 Closed