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Body and Emotion: The Aesthetics of Illness and Healing in the Nepal Himalayas (Series in Contemporary Ethnography)

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Shelter BluesSanity and Selfhood Among the HomelessRobert R. DesjarlaisWinner of the 1999 Victor Turner Prize of the Society for Humanistic AnthropologyBeautifully crafted, powerfully illustrated with conversation, theoretically important, and almost unique as an ethnography.--Arthur Kleinman, Harvard UniversityDesjarlais shows us not anonymous faces of the homeless but real people. While it is estimated that 25 percent or more of America's homeless are mentally ill, their lives are largely unknown to us. What must life be like for those who, in addition to living on the street, hear voices, suffer paranoid delusions, or have trouble thinking clearly or talking to others.Shelter Blues is an innovative portrait of people residing in Boston's Station Street Shelter. It examines the everyday lives of more than 40 homeless men and women, both white and African-American, ranging in age from early 20s to mid-60s. Based on a sixteen-month study, it draws readers into the personal worlds of these individuals and, by addressing the intimacies of homelessness, illness, and abjection, picks up where most scholarship and journalism stops.Robert Desjarlais works against the grain of media representations of homelessness by showing us not anonymous stereotypes but individuals. He draws on conversations as well as observations, talking with and listening to shelter residents to understand how they relate to their environment, to one another, and to those entrusted with their care. His book considers their lives in terms of a complex range of forces and helps us comprehend the linkages between culture, illness, personhood, and political agency on the margins of contemporary American society.Shelter Blues is unlike anything else ever written about homelessness. It challenges social scientists and mental health professionals to rethink their approaches to human subjectivity and helps us all to better understand one of the most pressing problems of our time.Robert Desjarlais teaches anthropology at Sarah Lawrence College and is the author of Body and Emotion: The Aesthetics of Illness and Healing in the Nepal Himalayas, also published by Penn.Contemporary Ethnography1997 - 320 pages - 6 x 9 - 7 illusISBN 978-0-8122-1622-6 - Paper - $27.50s - 18.00 World Rights - Anthropology, Sociology, PsychologyShort copy: Beautifully crafted, powerfully illustrated with conversation, theoretically important, and almost unique as an ethnography.--Arthur Kleinman, Harvard University

Synopsis:

"Body and Emotion" is a study of the relationship between culture and emotional distress, an examination of the cultural forces that influence, make sense of, and heal severe pain and malaise. In order to investigate this relationship, Robert R. Desjarlais served as an apprentice healer among the Yolmo Sherpa, a Tibetan Buddhist people who reside in the Helambu region of north-central Nepal.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [281]-295) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812214345
Author:
Desjarlais, Robert
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press
Location:
Philadelphia :
Subject:
Alternative medicine
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Eastern
Subject:
Anthropology - Physical
Subject:
Shamanism
Subject:
Religious life and customs
Subject:
Helmu Region (Nepal)
Subject:
Helmu Region (Nepal) Religious life and customs.
Subject:
Sherpa
Subject:
Helmu Region
Subject:
Eastern - General
Subject:
Sherpa (Nepalese people) -- Religion.
Subject:
Shamanism -- Nepal -- Helmu Region.
Subject:
Religion-Eastern - General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Series in Contemporary Ethnography
Series Volume:
9332
Publication Date:
19921131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
318
Dimensions:
8.98x6.04x.77 in. 1.16 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , "Body and Emotion" is a study of the relationship between culture and emotional distress, an examination of the cultural forces that influence, make sense of, and heal severe pain and malaise. In order to investigate this relationship, Robert R. Desjarlais served as an apprentice healer among the Yolmo Sherpa, a Tibetan Buddhist people who reside in the Helambu region of north-central Nepal.
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