Revenge of the Windigo


Author:
Waldram, James B.
Grade Levels:
College, University
Nation:
Multiple Nations
Book Type:
PB
Pages:
414
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press

Price:
Sale price$51.00
Stock:
In stock

Description

Revenge of the Windigo: The Construction of the Mind and Mental Health of North American Aboriginal Peoples by medical anthropologist James Waldram examines the tangled web of theory, method, and data rife with conceptual problems, shaky assumptions, and inappropriate generalizations about the nature of Aboriginal mental health issues. This highly articulate work is about the knowledge of Aboriginal mental health: who generates it; how it is generated and communicated; and what has been - and continues to be - its implications for Aboriginal peoples. To better understand how this knowledge emerged, James Waldram undertakes an exhaustive examination of three disciplines - anthropology, psychology, and psychiatry - and reveals how together they have constructed a gravely distorted portrait of the Aboriginal patient. Waldram continues this acute examination under two general themes. The first focuses on how culture as a concept has been theorized and operationalized in the study of Aboriginal mental health. The second seeks to elucidate the contribution that Aboriginal peoples have inadvertently made to theoretical and methodological developments in the three fields under discussion, primarily as subjects for research and sources of data. It is Waldram's assertion that, despite the enormous amount of research undertaken on Aboriginal peoples, researchers have mostly failed to comprehend the meaning of contemporary Aboriginality for mental health and illness, preferring instead the reflection of their own scientific lens as the only means to properly observe, measure, assess, and treat. Using interdisciplinary methods, the author critically assesses the enormous amount of information that has been generated on Aboriginal mental health, deconstructs it, and through this exercise, provides guidance for a new vein of research..

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