Troubled in the Land of Enchantment: Adolescent Experience of Psychiatric Treatment (Hardcover)

Troubled in the Land of Enchantment: Adolescent Experience of Psychiatric Treatment By Janis H. Jenkins, Thomas J. Csordas Cover Image
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In this groundbreaking study based on five years of in-depth ethnographic and interdisciplinary research, Troubled in the Land of Enchantment explores the well-being of adolescents hospitalized for psychiatric care in New Mexico. Anthropologists Janis H. Jenkins and Thomas J. Csordas present a gripping picture of psychic distress, familial turmoil, and treatment under the regime of managed care that dominates the mental health care system.  The authors make the case for the centrality of struggle in the lives of youth across an array of extraordinary conditions, characterized by personal anguish and structural violence. Critical to the analysis is the cultural phenomenology of existence disclosed through shifting narrative accounts by youth and their families as they grapple with psychiatric diagnosis, poverty, misogyny, and stigma in their trajectories through multiple forms of harm and sites of care. Jenkins and Csordas compellingly direct our attention to the conjunction of lived experience, institutional power, and the very possibility of having a life.

About the Author

Janis H. Jenkins is Professor of Anthropology and Psychiatry and Director of the Center for Global Mental Health at UC San Diego. Her books include Extraordinary Conditions: Culture and Experience in Mental Illness and Pharmaceutical Self: Global Shaping of Experience in an Age of Psychopharmacology.

Thomas J. Csordas is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, James Y. Chan Presidential Chair in Global Health, and Director of the Global Health Program at UC San Diego. His books include The Sacred Self and Body/Meaning/Healing.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780520343511
ISBN-10: 0520343514
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: August 25th, 2020
Pages: 300
Language: English