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Crazy Like Us : The Globalisation of the American Psyche
Author: Ethan Watters

ISBN: 9781921640643
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 23 June 2010
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.5 x 2.4
Description:
In Crazy Like Us, Ethan Watters reveals that the most devastating consequence of the spread of American culture has not been its golden arches or bomb craters, but the bulldozing of the human psyche itself: it is in the process of homogenising the way the world goes mad.

For the past 30 years, America has been the world leader in mental-health research, and Western definitions of mental illness are prevailing over indigenous beliefs around the globe. In this book, journalist Ethan Watters travels from Hong Kong to Zanzibar to bring home an unsettling conclusion: as America introduces Westernised ways of treating mental illnesses, it is in fact spreading the diseases.

In post-tsunami Sri Lanka, Watters reports on the Western trauma counsellors who, in their rush to help, inadvertently trampled local expressions of grief, suffering, and healing; in Japan, Watters reveals the truth about a multi-million-dollar campaign by one of the world's biggest drug companies to change the Japanese experience of depression - literally marketing the disease along with the drug; in Hong Kong he studies the rise and rise of anorexia; and in Z...

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