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Anthropology (of mental illness)


Madness is a major disorder of social ties and a universal problem for all societies. The formation and transformation of local treatments of madness are therefore a major area of study within social and cultural anthropology. In this perspective, "treatment" should be understood on three different levels. First, as treatment of the problem that madness poses to social order; Second, as treatment of an ailment on the basis of a therapeutic system that can call upon specialist knowledge or not (e.g. a classification, an etiology, a pharmacopoeia, etc.) in order to identify the disorder or to determine its nature and to then provide the appropriate intervention; Finally, as moral treatment of people experiencing madness and trying to find a solution to their state of disorder.
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Samuel Lézé. Anthropology (of mental illness). Andrew Scull. Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness : an A-to-Z Guide, Sage, pp.31-32, 2014. ⟨halshs-00979030⟩
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