Book Announcement – Transnational Psychiatries

ERNST Waltraud, MUELLER Thomas (ed.), Transnational Psychiatries. Social and Cultural Histories of Psychiatry in Comparative Perspective c.1800-2000 (Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010)

This book offers something new in the history of psychiatry. Within a transnational research framework, it presents original historical case studies and conceptual reflections on comparative and related methodologies. Systematic comparison and transfer studies as well as aspects of entangled history are employed in relation to themes such as different cultural meanings pertaining to the same term; transfer of treatment practices and institutional regimes; localised practices and (re)-emerging forms of patient care; circulation of early anti-psychiatrists’ views; impact of war and politics on patients’ welfare and on psychiatric discourse; and diversification of psychotherapeutic and physical practices. The book includes chapters on the history and historiography of psychiatry and psychotherapy in different geo-cultural regions in South America, Asia, the Pacific and Europe. The contributors present multilayered interpretations, emphasising commonalities and interconnections as well as contrasts and discontinuities. With its wide-ranging geographical focus and attention to conceptual issues, this collection will assist to integrate and reconfigure the historiography of psychiatry.

Table of contents:

Reading Emotions in the Body: Translating Depression at the Intersections of Japanese and Western Medicines, by Junko Kitanaka

Islands, Communities and Entangled Madness: Transferring Psychiatry to the Colonial Pacific, 1884-1964, by Jacqueline Leckie

“A Burden to the State”: The Reception of the German “Active Therapy” in an Argentinean “Colony-Asylum” in the 1920s and 1930s, by Yolanda Eraso

Practising “Colonial” or “Modern” Psychiatry in British India? Treatments at the Indian Mental Hospital at Ranchi, 1925-1940, by Waltraud Ernst

Global Theory, Local Practice: Shock Therapies in Japanese Psychiatry, 1920-1945, by Akihito Suzuki

Invention of a “Japanese Gheel”: Psychiatric Family Care from a Historical and Transnational Perspective, by Akira Hashimoto

Re-opening a Closed File of the History of Psychiatry: Open Care and Its Historiography in Belgium, France and Germany, c. 1880-1980, by Thomas Mueller

A World-Famous Lunatic: The “Seillière Affair” (1887-1889) and the Circulation of Anti-Alienists’ Views in the Nineteenth Century, by Aude Fauvel

Starvation in French Asylums During the German Occupation (1940-1945): Methodological Issues in a Comparative Historical Investigation, by Isabelle von Bueltzingsloewen

Psychological Trauma in German, Serbian and British Psychiatry Since 1945: A Comparison of Textbooks, by Christiane Wildgrube, Sara Dimic, Ruth Kloocke, Heinz-Peter Schmiedebach and Stefan Priebe

Psychotherapy in Switzerland and France in the 1950s: Similar Controversy, Different Solutions, by Catherine Fussinger and Annick Ohayon

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