Saints, Scholars and Schizophrenics : Mental Illness in Rural Ireland, Paperback Book

Saints, Scholars and Schizophrenics : Mental Illness in Rural Ireland Paperback


TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, UPDATED AND EXPANDED When Saints, Scholars, and Schizophrenics was published twenty years ago, it became an instant classic--a beautifully written study tracing the social disintegration of "Ballybran," a small village on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland.

In this richly detailed and sympathetic book, Nancy Scheper-Hughes explores the symptoms of the community's decline: emigration, malaise, unwanted celibacy, damaging patterns of childrearing, fear of intimacy, suicide, and schizophrenia.

Following a recent return to "Ballybran," Scheper-Hughes reflects in a new preface and epilogue on the well-being of the community and on her attempts to reconcile her responsibility to honest ethnography with respect for the people who shared their homes and their secrets with her.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 417 pages, 23 b/w illustrations, 29 tables
  • Publisher: University of California Press
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  • Category: Illness & addiction: social aspects
  • ISBN: 9780520224803



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