Psychiatry has played a manifold role in the making of the modern world. The discipline offers care to patients who are often stigmatized; it also supplies ideas and values that shape understandings of the human mind and mental well-being. Yet the proliferation of diagnosable conditions and the infiltration of expert knowledge into culture and everyday life provoke suspicions about it being an agent of social control. This edited volume, with “modernity” and “governance” as the central themes, sets out to investigate contemporary phenomena that pertain to these issues in the context of Taiwan, a de facto country that has pioneered the development of psychiatry in Asia. The contributors come from backgrounds as diverse as STS, sociology, anthropology, public health, and forensic psychiatry. This disciplinary diversity is further enriched by the fact that several have clinical backgrounds. As the editors Yu-Yueh...
Abnormal People: Psychiatry and the Governance of Modernity in Taiwan
Hsuan-Ying Huang is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Before studying medical anthropology at Harvard University, he received medical education and psychiatric residency training at National Taiwan University. His research explores the “psycho-boom,” or the rapid rise of Western psychotherapy in urban China, with a particular focus on its psychoanalytic branch. Recently, he has begun to study the development of digital mental health in China.
Hsuan-Ying Huang; Abnormal People: Psychiatry and the Governance of Modernity in Taiwan. East Asian Science, Technology and Society 1 March 2020; 14 (1): 187–189. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/18752160-8235520
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