Between Trauma and the Sacred

The Cultural Shaping of Remitting-Relapsing Psychosis in Post-Conflict Timor-Leste

  • James Rodger
  • Zachary Steel

Part of the Cultural Studies of Science and Medicine book series (CSSM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. James Rodger, Zachary Steel
    Pages 51-79
  3. James Rodger, Zachary Steel
    Pages 81-106
  4. James Rodger, Zachary Steel
    Pages 107-129
  5. James Rodger, Zachary Steel
    Pages 131-177
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 179-188

About this book


This volume develops a dynamic but contextualized multi-level formulation of psychosis and psychotic-symptoms, able to incorporate a range of factors from the biological, through the sociocultural, to the political. The work is truly interdisciplinary drawing on both the quantitative and qualitative findings of our own study but further supported through local ethnography and broader anthropological enquiry into the outcomes of psychosis in non-Western settings; psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic anthropology; evidence and theory exploring links between trauma, dissociation and psychosis; and novel culturally-adaptable psychosocial focused interventions for psychosis. We situate both evidence and theorising in wider epistemological and political context, including in relation to the movement for Global Mental Health. Culturally patterned presentations of brief remitting-relapsing psychosis are ultimately conceived as the trade-off between competing fragmentary and synthetic forces: the former in part secondary to the lasting and deleterious effects of overwhelming loss, trauma and adversity; the latter emboldened by cultural meaning and social response in the context of broad ecological pressures demanding survival and resilience.


East Timor Mental Health Study Medical Anthropology Narrative Dimensions of Dissociative-Psychosis Narrative Dimensions of Dissociative-Psychosis Psychocultural Models of Psychosis Research of brief psychosis in Timor-Leste

Authors and affiliations

  • James Rodger
    • 1
  • Zachary Steel
    • 2
  1. 1.Devon Integrated Children’s ServicesSth Devon Chld & Adolescent Mental HSTotnesUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of PsychiatryThe University of New South WalesNew South WalesAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-24422-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-24424-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2366-4649
  • Series Online ISSN 2366-4657
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