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Limits to agency in psychopathology: A comparison of Trinidad and Albania

Littlewood, R; (2007) Limits to agency in psychopathology: A comparison of Trinidad and Albania. Anthropology and Medicine , 14 (1) 95 - 114. 10.1080/13648470601106376.

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Abstract

Comparative anthropology at a distance is acceptable providing we use ethnographic findings to see how apparent similarities might actually differ in the field: 'aiming for comparison with the non-comparability of phenomena kept firmly in mind'. This paper contrasts the limits of agency in local understandings of 'psychopathology' for two societies: a fishing village in Trinidad and an agricultural mountain village in Albania. The work madness does in each reflects rather different histories and cultures - with a more dynamic and metaphorical resonance for the voluntarist Caribbean than for prescriptive Northern Albania. © 2007 Taylor & Francis.

Type:Article
Title:Limits to agency in psychopathology: A comparison of Trinidad and Albania
DOI:10.1080/13648470601106376
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Anthropology

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