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Revenge of the Windigo : the construction of the mind and mental health of North American Aboriginal peoples

Author: James B Waldram
Publisher: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, ©2004.
Series: Anthropological horizons, 26.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Discusses our knowledge of Aboriginal mental health: who generates it; how it is generated and communicated; and what has been - and continues to be - its implications for Aboriginal peoples. The author undertakes an exhaustive examination of three disciplines - anthropology, psychology, and psychiatry - and reveals how together they have constructed a gravely distorted portrait of 'the Aboriginal.' Using  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James B Waldram
ISBN: 0802088260 9780802088260 0802086004 9780802086006 9781442683815 1442683813
OCLC Number: 53396855
Awards: Winner of Harold Adams Innis Prize 2005 (Canada)
Short-listed for Saskatchewan Book Award for Scholarly Writing 2004 (Canada)
Description: xii, 414 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: monsters and mental health --
Part A: Constructing the aboriginal --
Constructing aboriginal personality: the early years. Ruth Benedict and the Boasian tradition ; The emergence of psychoanalytical anthropology and the search for the Indians' 'basic personality structure' ; The Indian education research project --
The psychoanalyst's aboriginal. Anthropology and the Rorschach: no experience required ; Atomism and the northern Indian ; Persistence of the Rorschach --
Measuring the aboriginal. Measuring aboriginal personality: the Minnesota multiphasic personality inventory ; The confusion of race and culture in the measurement of aboriginal intelligence --
Part B: The disordered aboriginal --
The construction of aboriginal psychopathology. 'Latent schizophrenics and primitive people': early studies of psychopathology ; Marginality and the 'caught-between-two-worlds' paradigm --
The alcoholic aboriginal. Indian drinking and white man drinking --
The depressed aboriginal. Conceptualizing depression and suicide --
The culture-bound aboriginal. Windigo psychosis ; Pibloktoq ; Ghost sickness ; Why the culture-bound syndromes persist --
The traumatized aboriginal. Conceptualizing trauma and PTSD ; Trauma and the construction of 'residential school syndrome' --
Part C: Treating the aboriginal --
The clinician's aboriginal --
Healing the traditional aboriginal. The holistic aboriginal ; The use of culture and tradition in treatment ; Defining 'traditional aboriginal healing' --
Conclusion: the Windigo's revenge. Disturbed, disordered, and dysfunctional ; Problems of culture and history ; Defining the aboriginal ; Contemporary aboriginal cultural realities: Creolization and beyond.
Series Title: Anthropological horizons, 26.
Responsibility: James B. Waldram.


Using interdisciplinary methods, the author critically assesses the enormous amount of information that has been generated on Aboriginal mental health, deconstructs it, and through this exercise,  Read more...


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"'There is no other book available that so comprehensively, critically, and lucidly explores this subject matter.' Naomi Adelson, Department of Anthropology, York University; 'For this type of book Read more...

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