Arne S. Steinforth - Troubled Minds

On the Cultural Construction of Mental Disorder and Normality in Southern Malawi




















Every society has its own definition of a normal and an abnormal human condition. For persons living with mental disorders, these concepts have a tremendous impact. This study investigates how the abnormal mind is culturally defined in Malawi, South-Eastern Africa. Based on anthropological techniques such as interviews, participant observation, and archive research, it explores the different social dimensions of mental disorder - e.g. its reflection in traditional dance rituals, in behavioural rules during pregnancy, or in the healing ministry of independent churches. It demonstrates how local explanations of mental disorder - be it witchcraft, an angry ancestor, or the will of God - determine the social acceptance of an affected person's condition. Recent processes of cultural change, however, strengthen the pluralism of Malawian religious landscape, opening the local debate to an ever wider range of interpretations.







Arne S. Steinforth boeken - Troubled Minds
ISBN 9783631587171
PAGINA’S 334
VERSCHENEN 18-02-2016
DRUK 1e druk
UITVOERING Zachte kaft
TAAL Engels
UITGEVER Lang, Peter GmbH
Levertijd: ongeveer 4-6 werkdagen
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