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Exotic Deviance: Medicalizing Cultural Idioms from Strangeness to Illness

Bartholomew, Robert E.

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ISBN 10: 0870815970 / ISBN 13: 9780870815973
Published by University Press of Colorado
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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0870815970 Univ Press of Colorado hardcover w/dust jacket, 2000, 1st edition, unused, No marks or 'shelf wear'.as New/as New.New mylar cover, bubble-wrapped and mailed in a Box w/delivery confirmation. Bookseller Inventory # 54223X

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Title: Exotic Deviance: Medicalizing Cultural ...

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

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This is a seminal study of Western psychiatric interpretations of some of the most bizarre behaviours so strange by modern Western standards that they are assumed to be illnesses of disorders - latah, koro, and dance "mania". Psychiatrists making these diagnoses draw heavily on Eurocentric values and assumptions. The book examines Otherness with an emphasis on Western understanding and acceptance, explaining that these behaviours are rational outcomes of unfamiliar symbol systems and worldviews and are a testament to the power of human imagination and creativity.

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Robert E Bartholomew

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