Bipolar Expeditions: Mania and Depression in American by Emily Martin

By Emily Martin

Winner of the 2009 Diana Forsythe Prize, Committee for the Anthropology of technological know-how, expertise, and Computing of the overall Anthropology department, and the Society for the Anthropology of labor, American Anthropological Association

Manic habit holds an indisputable fascination in American tradition this day. It fuels the plots of best-selling novels and the imagery of MTV video clips, is stated because the driver for winning marketers like Ted Turner, and is well known because the resource of the creativity of artists like Vincent Van Gogh and film stars like Robin Williams. Bipolar Expeditions seeks to appreciate mania's allure and the way it weighs at the lives of american citizens clinically determined with manic depression.

Anthropologist Emily Martin courses us into the interesting and infrequently annoying worlds of mental-health help teams, temper charts, psychiatric rounds, the pharmaceutical undefined, and psychotropic medications. Charting how those worlds intersect with the broader pop culture, she unearths how humans residing below the outline of bipolar disease are usually denied the prestige of being absolutely human, even whereas modern the United States shows a robust affinity for manic habit. Mania, Martin indicates, has become considered as a far off frontier that invitations exploration since it turns out to supply reputation and earnings to pioneers, whereas melancholy is imagined as whatever that are meant to be eradicated altogether with the aid of drugs.

Bipolar Expeditions argues that mania and melancholy have a cultural existence outdoors the confines of prognosis, that the studies of individuals dwelling with bipolar illness belong totally to the human , and that even the main so-called rational daily practices are intertwined with irrational ones. Martin's personal event with bipolar illness informs her research and lends a private point of view to this complicated tale.

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