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Nobody's normal : how culture created the stigma of mental illness /

by Grinker, Roy Richard, Published by : W.W. Norton & Company, (New York :) , 2022 Physical details: xxxii, 409 pages ; 21 cm. ISBN:9781324020134.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-381) and index.

Introduction: The road out of Bedlam -- Capitalism. Every man for himself ; The invention of mental illness ; The divided body ; The divided mind -- Wars. The fates of war ; Finding Freud ; War is kind ; Norma and Normman ; From the forgotten war to Vietnam ; Post-traumatic stress disorder ; Expectations of sickness -- Body and mind. Telling secrets ; An illness like any other? ; "Like a magic wand" ; When the body speaks ; Bridging body and mind in Nepal ; The dignity of risk -- Conclusion: On the spectrum.

In this 'beautifully written... remarkable history' (Alix Spiegel), anthropologist Roy Richard Grinker chronicles the progress and setbacks in the struggle against mental illness stigma - from the eighteenth century, through America's major wars, and into today's high-tech economy. Nobody's Normal argues that stigma is a social process that began the moment we defined mental illness, but one that we ultimately have the power to change. Combining cutting-edge science, cross-cultural research, and Grinker's own family history, Nobody's Normal explores how communities throughout the world respond to neurodiversity and offers a path to end the shadow of stigma.

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