Culture & Psychiatry
Series for Residents in Psychiatry
Pritzker School of Medicine, The University of Chicago
Bertram J. Cohler, PhD
Timothy McCajor Hall, MD PhD
Tanya Luhrmann, PhD
Syllabus for 2006-2007
Introduction: We envision this course as a two-year sequence of readings and discussions in a broad range of basic concepts in the social sciences relevant to psychiatry: developmental and psychodynamic psychology; cognitive science; psychological, cultural, and social anthropology; and sociology. We will also cover some ethnographic and clinical examples While the course allows for a great deal of flexibility as topics or concerns may arise from time to time, regular participants will acquire a repertoire of concepts and analytical tools from the social sciences.
Goals of the course are to:
Session 1: Evidence in the Social Sciences
20 Oct 2006
Film: “Bathing Babies in Three Cultures.” Gregory Bateson and Margaret Mead. (1954) Available from Penn State Media.
Platt, John R. (1964) “Strong inference.” Science 146(3642): 347-353.
Geertz, Clifford. (1984) “ ‘From the Native’s Point of View’: on the nature of anthropological understanding.” In Culture theory: essays on mind, self, and emotion. R.A. Shweder and R. LeVine, eds. Pp. 123-136. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Session 2: Problematizing Sleep
20 Nov 2006
Guest Lecturer: Matthew Wolf-Meyer, MA, University of Minnesota
Dement, William C. (1999) The Promise of Sleep: a pioneer in sleep medicine explores the vital connection between health, happiness, and a good night's sleep. New York, Delacorte Press. Pp: 1-10, 27-49.
Session 3: Anthropologists View Psychiatry I: Life as an outpatient
18 Dec 2006
Estroff, Sue. (2004) “Subject/Subjectivities in dispute: the politics and poetics of first person narratives of schizophrenia.” Pp. 282-302 In The Edge of Experience: schizophrenia, culture, and subjectivity/culture, subjectivity, and schizophrenia, R. Barrett and J. Jenkins, eds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Session 4: Culture-Bound Syndromes: Latah
19 Feb 2007
Video: Ronald Simons: Latah, a culture-bound syndrome
Simons, Ronald C. (1985a) “Introduction: the startle-matching taxon” Pp: 41-42 and “The resolution of the Latah paradox” Pp. 43-62 In The Culture-Bound Syndromes: folk illnesses of psychiatric and anthropological interest. R.C. Simons and C.C. Hughes, eds. Boston: D. Riedel.
Session 5: Cultural Models
19 Mar 2007
D'Andrade, R. (1987). “Modal Responses and cultural expertise.” American Behavioral Scientist 31(2): 194 - 202.
Dressler, W. W. and J. Bindon (2000). “The Health Consequences of Cultural Consonance: cultural dimensions of lifestyle, social support, and arterial blood pressure in an African American community.” American Anthropologist 102(2): 244-260.
Session 6: Hysteria and conversion phenomena: trance in South Asia
15 Apr 2007
Guest speaker: Jocelyn Marrow, MSW, MA
Video: Vachani, N. (1990). “Eyes of Stone” [documentary]. New York: FilmSixteen.
Kirmayer, Lawrence and Santhanam, Radhika (2001) “The anthropology of hysteria.” Pp: 251-270. In P. W. Halligan, C. Bass & J. C. Marshall, eds. Contemporary Approaches to the Study of Hysteria. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Session 7: Diagnosing Depression in China
7 May 2007
Guest speaker: Jason Ingersoll, MA
Created 22 October 2006. Last updated 18 April 2007.
For more information, please contact Timothy Hall.