Saints, Scholars and Schizophrenics: Mental Illness in Rural Ireland

Saints, Scholars and Schizophrenics: Mental Illness in Rural Ireland

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By (author) Nancy Scheper-Hughes

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Hardback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 206mm x 236mm x 25mm | 726g
  • Publication date: 1 July 1979
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520034449
  • ISBN 13: 9780520034440

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When Saints, Scholars, and Schizophrenics was published twenty years ago, it became an instant classic - a beautifully written study tracing the social disintegration of "Ballybran," a small village on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland. In this richly detailed and sympathetic book, Nancy Scheper-Hughes explores the symptoms of the community's decline: emigration, malaise, unwanted celibacy, damaging patterns of child rearing, fear of intimacy, suicide, and schizophrenia. Following a recent return to "Ballybran," Scheper-Hughes reflects in a lengthy new preface and epilogue on the well-being of the community and on her attempts to reconcile her responsibility to honest ethnography with respect for the people who shared their homes and their secrets with her.

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