Extraordinary conditions by janis jenkins author of extraordinary conditions culture and experience in mental illness this guest post is published in advance of the american anthropological association conference in denver check back every day for new posts through the . My use of the term extraordinary conditions carries double meanings in the first place it refers to conditions illnesses disorders syndromes that are culturally defined as mental illness however i also mean conditions warfare and political violence domestic violence and abuse or scarcity and neglect of basic. Extraordinary conditions illuminates the cultural shaping of extreme psychological suffering and the social rendering of the mentally ill as nonhuman or not fully human jenkins contends that mental illness is better characterized in terms of struggle than symptoms and that culture is central to all aspects of mental illness from onset to . Extraordinary conditions illuminates the cultural shaping of extreme psychological suffering and the social rendering of the mentally ill as nonhuman or not fully human. Extraordinary conditions addresses the critical need to empathically engage the experience of persons living with conditions that are culturally defined as mental illness
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