Publication Year: 2008
Painting on book jacket by Entang Wiharso
Published by: University of California Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Many people have been involved in energizing the ongoing conversations fromwhich this volume originated.The editors thank the National Institute of MentalHealth and its support for the seminar that led to this volume.The – sem-inar entitled “Postcolonialism, Psychiatry, and Lived Experience” was part of theHarvard Training Program in Culture and Mental Health Services Research, which...
Postcolonial Disorders: Reflections on Subjectivity in the Contemporary World
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This book is a collection of essays reflecting on the nature of subjectivity—oneveryday modes of experience, the social and psychological dimensions ofindividual lives, the psychological qualities of social life, the constitution of thesubject, and forms of subjection found in the diverse places where anthropol-ogists work at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The essays are a con-...
PART I: DISORDERED STATES
1. Madness and the Politically Real: Reflections on Violence in Postdictatorial Spain
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When I was invited to take part in this seminar I was happy to have an oppor-tunity to discuss some of my current work with former colleagues and friends.I have been increasingly preoccupied with the problem of madness as it playsand as it is displayed in the theater of politics.This is for me the beginning of adialogue about this issue that one could broadly call “politics and madness.” In...
2. Indonesia Sakit: Indonesian Disorders and the Subjective Experience and Interpretive Politics of Contemporary Indonesian Artists
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Indonesian Disorders and the Subjective Experience and Interpretive. I finished it in a week. I expressed all the ideas I had,would happen in the future. I meditated, reflected, to get buriedwanted to take over the presidential post, they wanted to be theMega as the leader.1 When I painted it, she was not yet in power....
3. The Political Dimensions of Emasculation: Fantasy, Conspiracy, and Estrangement among Populist Leaders in Post–New Order Lombok, Indonesia
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This chapter explores the rise in political and religious vigilance in post–NewOrder Lombok, Indonesia, and the role that militias played in denying Soleh, anationalist activist in Lombok, the social horizons (loosely, the nation and itsyouth) he once relied upon to define his political and, in the end, personalreality.The chapter provides an individual case study in order to examine how...
4. Haunting Ghosts: Madness, Gender, and Ensekirite in Haiti in the Democratic Era
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...you have to lie down and do nothing.You resign yourself. . . . Along time ago we didn’t have this stuff—you didn’t live in fearHaiti, the first black republic in the world, achieved its independence fromFrance in and entered its postcolonial era in the complex position ofbeing both a pariah for colonizing and slaveholding nations, as well as a source...
5. Laboratory of Intervention: The Humanitarian Governance of the Postcommunist Balkan Territories
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Since the end of the colonial era, many of the territories where anthropologistshave worked have been witness to an increasingly visible “humanitarian pres-ence.”The massive army of volunteer workers, international experts, local staff,and soldiers associated with humanitarian intervention has had a remarkableimpact on local cultural landscapes. Despite the increasing proliferation of...
PART II: SUBJECTIVITY IN THE BORDERLANDS
6. Everyday AIDS Practices: Contestations of Borders and Infectious Disease in Southwest China
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Contestations of Borders and Infectious Disease in Southwest Chinarounded up drug addicts in one night! Where are we goingWhen this policeman downplays AIDS, he is not ignoring the emergence of theepidemic; rather, he reflects a recurrent discourse around HIV/AIDS thatemphasizes policing and surveillance of China’s border regions.1 Borders here...
7. Of Maids and Prostitutes: Indonesian Female Migrants in the New Asian Hinterlands
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Do an Internet search using the keywords “maids” and “Singapore” and anumber of employment agencies with names like Maidpower and Noble Maidswill appear.1 Noble Maids, for instance, offers packages from S$ (Singaporedollars) for an “Indonesian transfer maid.” A Christian Indonesian maid willcost you a few hundred dollars more, about the same as a Filipino maid with...
8. Ambivalent Inquiry: Dilemmas of AIDS in the Republic of Congo
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The emergence of AIDS has posed profound dilemmas of individual and col-lective diagnosis in societies of francophone central Africa, as elsewhere. Theproblems brought by the epidemic have been complicated by the social disrup-tion, insecurity, and violence associated with difficult political transitions inField research in the Republic of Congo (hereafter “Congo”) revealed to me...
9. To Live with What Would Otherwise Be Unendurable, II: Caught in the Borderlands of Palestine/Israel
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From the Balkan frontline trenches in Bosnian writer-director Danis Tanovic’s film Nic aija Zemlja (No Man’s Land, in which three incapacitated Serbian andBosnian soldier-enemies are trapped together in a no-man’s-land in a situationthat the United Nations is incapable of mediating)1 to the International RedCross helicopter drops of prostheses to Afghans crippled by land mines, running...
PART III: MADNESS, ALTERITY, AND PSYCHIATRY
10. The Mucker War: A History of Violence and Silence
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...any reason....They cut to pieces the white clothes belonging to officers couldn’t hinder the corpses’ mutilations by colonistsIn heaven there is no more suffering, perishing and death, thereThe body of a beheaded woman was found in May in the woods near SãoLeopoldo, the first German colony founded in in the southern province...
11. Institutional Persons and Personal Institutions: The Asylum and Marginality in Rural Ireland
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This piece is a sustained reflection on three types of marginality found inKilronan, a market town and its environs containing about sixteen hundredpeople found in the Sligo-Leitrim area of Ireland.The three terms I am investi-gating—“character,” “unrespectable,” and “mental patient”—all overlap in thelife of one of my consultants who has been connected to the mental hospital in...
12. The Knot of the Soul: Postcolonial Conundrums, Madness, and the Imagination
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A young man and a woman sitting on a bench in the waiting area of the psychiatric emergencyroom, a crowded hallway in the old modular compound at the edge of the hospital grounds.The manis wearing jeans, has slightly long hair and the look of a university student. He is pale and tense,moves restlessly, and gazes through the room with a sense of imprisoned rage.The woman is older,wears a jilaba and a headscarf.The man was brought that morning by an ambulance of the Protec-...
13. Consuming Grief: Infant Death in the Postcolonial Time of Intervention
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In considering languages of grief in relation to languages of certainty, there isa tension in the ways death can be thought of in connection to modern knowl-edge. On the one hand, we can consider death as that which underlies the pos-sibility of knowledge, as that end point to the fostering or disallowing of lifethat stands for the modern configuration of power/knowledge (as Foucault...
14. Postcoloniality as the Aftermath of Terror among Vietnamese Refugees
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In this chapter we examine the problem of subjectivity as a transformation oflived experience in the wake of civil warfare and formation of the postcolonialnation-state.The specific terms of subjective alteration—collectively imprintedas a clash of political ethos1 and personally imprinted as a shattering of iden-tity and sentiment—are considered in relation to a culturally produced anguish...
15. Cross-Cultural Psychiatry in Medical-Legal Documentation of Suffering: Human Rights Abuses Involving Transnational Corporations and the Yadana Pipeline Project in Burma
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This chapter describes the suffering and hardship of several villagers from Burmawho are now refugees in Thailand.Their life experiences reflect the large popu-lation of villagers whose families were forced to leave their homes and villages tomake way for the construction of a natural gas pipeline in the Tenasserim regionof Burma by US and French transnational oil companies in collaboration with the...
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Page Count: 480
Publication Year: 2008
Series Title: Ethnographic Studies in Subjectivity