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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18

ANTH 61 Women and Madness

In this course, we will examine the multiple meanings of women’s mental illness. Course readings will draw on a broad range of writings on mental illness, incorporating perspectives from practitioners, social scientists, historians, journalists, and patients. We will seriously consider theories that posit mental illness as biological in origin, although the primary aim of this course is to complicate our understandings of mental health and illness using a constructivist approach. We will endeavor to unpack how women’s experiences of mental illness emerge within specific, gendered social and historical contexts. Through this examination, we will grapple with crucial issues that feminists face in conceptualizing mental health and illness and the political nature of psychiatric knowledge. 

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Not offered in the period from 16F through 17S

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