Our purpose in assembling the papers in this collection is to introduce readers to studies of normal and abnormal behavior in Chinese culture. We want to offer a sense o/what psychiatrists and social scientists are doing to advance our under- standing of this subject, including what fmdings are being made, what questions researched, what conundrums worried over. Since our fund of knowledge is obviously incomplete, we want our readers to be aware of the limits to what we know and to our acquisition of new knowledge. Although the subject is too vast and uncharted to support a comprehensive synthesis, in a few areas - e. g. , psychiatric epidemiology - enough is known for us to be able to present major reviews. The chapters themselves cover a variety of themes that we regard as both intrinsically interesting and deserving of more systematic evaluation. Many of the issues they address we believe to be valid concerns for comparative cross- cultural studies. No attempt is made to artificially integrate these chapters, since the editors wish to highlight their distinctive interpretive frameworks as evidence of the rich variety of approaches that scholars take to this subject.
'We see this volume as a modest and self-consciously limited exploration. Here are some accounts and interpretations (but by no means all) of normal and ab- normal behavior in the context of Chinese culture that we believe fashion a more discriminating understanding of at least a few important aspects of that subject.
Section I: Historical and Cultural Background of Beliefs and Norms Governing Behavior.- 1. Selfhood and Authority in Neo-Confucian Political Culture.- 2. Suicide and the Family in Pre-modern Chinese Society.- 3. Normal and Deviant Drinking in Rural Taiwan.- 4. In the Presence of Authority: Hierarchical Roles in Chinese Spirit Medium Cults.- 5. Insanity in Imperial China: A Legal Case Study.- 6. Traditional Chinese Medical Beliefs and Their Relevance for Mental Illness and Psychiatry.- Section II: Child Development and Childhood Psychopathology.- 7. Conformity and Deviance Regarding Moral Rules in Chinese Society: A Socialization Perspective.- 8. Childhood Psychopathology: A Dialogue with Special Reference to Chinese and American Cultures.- 9. Sex Difference in School Adjustment in Taiwan.- Section III: Family Studies.- 10. Deviant Marriage Patterns in Chinese Society.- 11. Family and Community in the People's Republic.- 12. The Effect of Family Pathology on Taipei's Juvenile Delinquents.- Section IV: Psychiatric Studies: Epidemiological and Clinical.- 13. Overview of Mental Disorders in Chinese Cultures: Review of Epidemiological and Clinical Studies.- 14. Sex Roles, Social Status, and Psychiatric Symptoms in Urban Hong Kong.- 15. Mental Health Status of Chinese in the United States.- 16. The American Experience of the Chinese Student: On Being Normal in an Abnormal World.- 17. Mental Illness and Psychosocial Aspects of Medical Problems in China.- 18. Shen-K'uei Syndrome: A Culture-Specific Sexual Neurosis in Taiwan.- 19. Culture-Bound Syndromes among Overseas Chinese.- 20. Love, Denial and Rejection: Responses of Chinese Families to Mental Illness.- Epilogue.- List of Contributors.- Citation Index.
Series: Culture, Illness and Healing
Number Of Pages: 436
Published: 31st December 1980
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 29.7 x 21.0
Weight (kg): 1.82