Saints, Scholars and Schizophrenics: Mental Illness in Rural Ireland

Saints, Scholars and Schizophrenics: Mental Illness in Rural Ireland


By (author) Nancy Scheper-Hughes

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 417 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 28mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 3 January 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520224809
  • ISBN 13: 9780520224803
  • Edition: 20
  • Edition statement: Twentieth anniversary ed, updated and expanded
  • Illustrations note: 23 b/w illustrations, 29 tables
  • Sales rank: 181,391

Product description

TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, UPDATED AND EXPANDED 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 childrearing, fear of intimacy, suicide, and schizophrenia. Following a recent return to "Ballybran," Scheper-Hughes reflects in a 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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Author information

Nancy Scheper-Hughes is Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Director of the doctoral program in Medical Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her many publications include two books published by California, the award-winning Death without Weeping (1992) and Small Wars (1998).

Review quote

"[Scheper-Hughes] draws you after her, nodding in recognition, as she dissects and holds up to the light. She is a skillful pathologist of human nature and a strikingly good writer."--Micheal Viney, "The Irish Times

Back cover copy

""Saints, Scholars, and Schizophrenics," in its original form--now integrally reproduced in the new edition--is a most important seminal study of an Irish community."--Conor Cruise O'Brien