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Fall 2010-2011
ANT 223 / HLS 223 (EC)   na, npdf

Anthropology of the Psyche

Elizabeth A. Davis

This seminar addresses the social relations in which mental health, mental illness, and psycho-medical knowledge are entangled and produced. We will engage various cross-cultural approaches to mental conflicts and pathologies: psychoanalysis, ethnopsychology, biomedical psychiatry, transcultural psychiatry, and religious and "alternative" practices of diagnosis and healing. Drawing on ethnographic and clinical studies from Greek and other contexts, we will examine the role of culture in determining lines between normal and pathological, and consider the intertwining of psyche and body in human experience and behavior.

Sample reading list:
Georges Devereux, Basic Problems in Ethnopsychiatry
Claude Lévi-Strauss, Structural Anthropology
C. Nadia Seremetakis, Ritual, Power, and the Body
Gananath Obeyesekere, The Work of Culture
Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams
Michel Foucault, Mental Illness and Psychology

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 100 pages of reading per week; at least one class presentation during the semester; take-home mid-term exam; 15-pp final paper.

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Graduate Students.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23817 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Aaron Burr Hall   216   Enrolled:20 Limit:25