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Sorting the Culture-Bound Syndromes

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The present volume contains papers which describe certain of the phenomena usually classified as “culture-bound psychiatric syndromes”, or as “culture-bound syndromes” with “psychiatric” understood. Both terms have long been used to refer to sets of remarkable individual experiences and/or behaviors which some observer has considered to be psychopathological, hence the medical rubic, “syndrome”. Unlike the categories of standard Western psychiatric nosology, culture-bound syndromes are restricted to specifiable peoples and locales, hence the term “culture-bound”. Thus their full explications require description not only of the behaviors and experiences which are considered deviant, but also of the ways those behaviors and experiences are embedded in specific social systems and cultural contexts.

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  • Layer Cake
  • Sleep Paralysis
  • Taboo Word
  • Explanatory Formulation
  • Linguistic Experience

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Confucius said, “if you look at them from the point of view of their differences, then there is liver and gall, Ch’u and Yüeh. But if you look at them from the point of view of their sameness, then the ten thousand things are all one.” — (ChuangTzu 1969: 65)

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Simons, R.C. (1983). Sorting the Culture-Bound Syndromes. In: Simons, R.C., Hughes, C.C. (eds) The Culture-Bound Syndromes. Culture, Illness, and Healing, vol 7. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-5251-5_2

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