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 present day. It fuels the plots of best-selling novels and the imagery of MTV video clips, is said because the motive force for profitable marketers like Ted Turner, and is widely 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 attention-grabbing and infrequently aggravating worlds of mental-health aid 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 dwelling lower than the outline of bipolar affliction are usually denied the prestige of being totally human, even whereas modern the United States indicates a robust affinity for manic habit. Mania, Martin exhibits, has emerge as considered as frontier that invitations exploration since it turns out to supply status and gains 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 analysis, that the studies of individuals dwelling with bipolar affliction belong absolutely to the human situation, and that even the main so-called rational daily practices are intertwined with irrational ones. Martin's personal adventure with bipolar ailment informs her research and lends a private point of view to this advanced tale.
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Stalking predicted fear of future harm or death among battered women stalked by their abusive partners (Mechanic, Weaver, & Resick, this volume). Fear of personal safety leads some stalking victims (11%-17%) to purchase guns (CDC, 2000; Tjaden & Thoennes, 1998). , 1995). These findings suggest the importance of working with stalking victims to help manage their levels of fear and elevated safety concerns. Perhaps the use of risk assessment tools might help in working with a victim to appraise her risks of 42 Victimization Issues being harmed, and provide information that may assist in making choices about what risk management options to pursue.
Fear Fear is perhaps the most frequently reported emotional response to stalking. , this volume for a review of this topic). Hall's (2000) data suggest that stalking victims are plagued by a great deal of fear (52%), increased cautiousness (88%), and paranoia (41%). , 1997). Stalking predicted fear of future harm or death among battered women stalked by their abusive partners (Mechanic, Weaver, & Resick, this volume). Fear of personal safety leads some stalking victims (11%-17%) to purchase guns (CDC, 2000; Tjaden & Thoennes, 1998).
Interestingly, there were no reported injuries among women who were stalked by strangers, even when the group was restricted to those who perceived danger or a life threat from their stalkers. A surprisingly high rate of injuries was documented in one study of former stalking victims; 81% of assaulted stalking victims disclosed physical injuries (Brewster, this volume). No details regarding the types of injury were reported. Similarly, both Bjerregaard (chapter 5) and Hall (2000) cited physical harm as an outcome of stalking in their samples, though neither specified the nature or extent of physical injuries sustained as a result of stalking violence.
Bipolar Expeditions: Mania and Depression in American Culture by Emily Martin