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Pathology and Identity : The Work of Mother Earth in Trinidad - Roland Littlewood

Pathology and Identity

The Work of Mother Earth in Trinidad

Hardcover Published: 20th January 2012
ISBN: 9780521384278
Number Of Pages: 352

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The first new religion in the Caribbean since Rastafari, the Earth People draw on West African sources, assert a renascent African identity, and celebrate female creativity. They argue that Black people are the guardians of a natural environment, which is constantly under threat from European science. Dr Littlewood, who is both a psychiatrist and a social anthropologist, criticises received ideas about pathology and creativity. The founder's ideas emerged in her experience of cerebral disease, and Dr Littlewood shows how the Earth People reinterpret radical personal experiences to build a community. While naturalistic and personalistic interpretations of human life are both valid and necessary, neither can be reduced to the other.

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"...both original and truly significant. It represents a major contribution to the study of millenarian movements, to African-Caribbean Studies and, one would hope, to the writing of ethnography...Littlewood's text is neither book-bound nor prosaic. It is refreshingly erudite and beautifully written." Times Literary Supplement

Acknowledgements
The coming of the Earth People
A certain degree of instability
Madness, vice and Tabanka: popular knowledge of psychopathology in Trinidad
Mother Earth and the psychiatrists
Putting out the life
Your ancestor is you: African in a new world
Nature and the millennium
Incest: the naked earth
The beginning of the end: everyday life in the valley
Genesis of meanings, limits of mimesis
Appendices
Glossary
Notes
List of references
Index
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ISBN: 9780521384278
ISBN-10: 0521384273
Series: Cambridge Film Classics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 20th January 2012
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.69

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