Saints, Scholars and Schizophrenics

Saints, Scholars and Schizophrenics : Mental Illness in Rural Ireland

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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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 205.74 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 725.74g
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley, United States
  • English
  • 0520034449
  • 9780520034440