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David Greenberg and Eliezer Witztum

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300071917

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300071917.001.0001

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Changing Attitudes in Cultural Psychiatry

Changing Attitudes in Cultural Psychiatry

3 Changing Attitudes in Cultural Psychiatry
Sanity and Sanctity

David Greenberg

Eliezer Witztum

Yale University Press

This chapter reviews the changes in the attitudes and underlying theories of anthropology and cultural psychiatry toward the disorders of society and their management. The early anthropologists and psychiatrists who came from the Western world tended to view their own culture as civilized and mature, and the cultures they were studying as uncivilized or primitive. This attitude influenced their perceptions about disorder and treatment. Today, gone is the concept that any one culture is more or less civilized than another. Cultures are now construed as different in values, idioms, and behaviors, rather than as more or less developed.

Keywords:   cultural psychiatry, anthropology, cultures

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