Bad Souls: Madness and Responsibility in Modern Greece by Elizabeth Anne Davis

By Elizabeth Anne Davis

Bad Souls is an ethnographic research of accountability between psychiatric sufferers and their caregivers in Thrace, the northeastern borderland of Greece.

Elizabeth Anne Davis examines accountability during this rural quarter throughout the lens of nationwide psychiatric reform, a approach designed to shift therapy from custodial hospitals to outpatient settings. Challenged to aid deal with themselves, sufferers struggled to operate in groups that regularly appeared as a lot assets of psychological pathology as websites of shelter.

Davis files those patients' singular event of group, and their ambivalent aspirations to healthiness, as they grappled with new kinds of autonomy and dependency brought through psychiatric reform. deliberate, funded, and overseen principally through the ecu Union, this "democratic experiment," one of the reforms followed by means of Greece considering the fact that its accession to the ecu within the early Nineteen Eighties, has led Greek electorate to question the country and its management of human rights, social welfare, and schooling.

Exploring the healing dynamics of prognosis, persuasion, therapeutic, and failure in Greek psychiatry, Davis strains the terrains of fact, tradition, and freedom that emerge from this wondering of the country on the borders of Europe.

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She’s able to take care of herself, and she asks for help when she needs it. Yiannoula was sitting on her stoop with a loaf of bread when we arrived and rose awkwardly to greet us. She was in her fifties but looked decades older: wizened, toothless, with thinning white hair. But she had a cheery, girlish air as she gamely invited us inside. In the vocabulary of psychiatric reform, Yiannoula’s house was a “natural environment”—a place of her own “in the community,” instead of a custodial institution.

37 Fundable activities included acquiring medical equipment, training personnel, building or extending infrastructure for outpatient care, and developing pilot projects for alternative services. ”38 thE spiRit oF synchRonization 35 The five-year plan, it turned out, proved overly ambitious. 40 The report of 1988, in which the extension was approved and recommendations were made for the evaluation committee, noted: “It would be advisable for such assistance to assume a more systematic form following the pattern set recently by certain provisions applying to other Community interventions.

I suggest in part 1 that mutual suspicions of deception in these encounters actually helped fortify and sustain therapeutic relationships, even as they inhibited successful psychiatric care. In part 2, I take the problematic of suspicion as a bridge to cultural difference in Thrace, which I elaborate through a sustained dialogue between psychiatry and anthropology. In this region known for its fraught border with Turkey and its “dangerous minorities,” presumed cultural differences presented by minority patients in clinical settings often appeared as etiologies of pathology to therapists trained in the intRoDuction 17 new diagnostics of transcultural psychiatry.

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