Saints, Scholars, and Schizophrenics: Mental Illness in Rural Ireland, Twentieth Anniversary Edition, Updated and Expanded
TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, UPDATED AND EXPANDED When Saints, Scholars, and Schizophrenics was published twenty years ago, it became an instant classic--a beautifully written study tracing the social disintegration of "Ballybran," a small village on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland. In this richly detailed and sympathetic book, Nancy Scheper-Hughes explores the symptoms of the community's decline: emigration, malaise, unwanted celibacy, damaging patterns of childrearing, fear of intimacy, suicide, and schizophrenia. Following a recent return to "Ballybran," Scheper-Hughes reflects in a new preface and epilogue on the well-being of the community and on her attempts to reconcile her responsibility to honest ethnography with respect for the people who shared their homes and their secrets with her.
Exposes wriggling psychic life under the Blarney Stone
By Joe O'Dea - February 16, 2000
A superb description and analysis of the pathologies in Irish styles of interaction, conversational and behavioural. Written by an American psycho-anthropologist conducting fieldwork in Ireland. Brings a detached eye to Irish patterns of conversation and communication. Should be required reading for Irish people seeking self understanding and insight into why their culture is how it is. Caused an uproar on publication - a recommendation in iself - not due to sensationalism, but because truth normally buried was painful when it emerged into the light of day.
Excellent review on this book - with update 20 years later
By Catherine S. Todd - May 23, 2011
Here's an excellent review of the book:
Saints, Scholars, and Schizophrenics: Mental Illness in Rural Ireland by Nancy Scheper-Hughes University of California Press, 2001 Review by Gina Zavota on Mar 18th 2002
When Nancy Scheper-Hughes's Saints, Scholars, and Schizophrenics: Mental Illness in Rural Ireland first appeared in 1977, it attracted immediate attention on both sides of the Atlantic. But despite being widely celebrated in North American anthropological circles, it shocked and outraged many of those who were its subjects: the residents of the tiny village of An Clochán on western Ireland's Dingle Peninsula. They took offense at what they perceived as a breach of trust, an illicit airing of secrets about their sexuality, mental and emotional health, and family life which they had confided in strictest confidence. Now, more than 25 years after the conclusion of her fieldwork, Scheper-Hughes is still... read more
special case study with Gregory Bateson's Binding Bonding Theory
By Clear Pilot "psyche de luxe" - June 7, 2006
well worth studying this book! Gives examples of the dynamic whole society maintenance of the status quo thru Bateson's Double-Bind theory of schizophrenia.