北中淳子著/日本の鬱:沈む社会と精神医学<br>Depression in Japan : Psychiatric Cures for a Society in Distress

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北中淳子著/日本の鬱:沈む社会と精神医学
Depression in Japan : Psychiatric Cures for a Society in Distress

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 243 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780691142050
  • DDC分類 616.852706510952

基本説明

This book explores how depression has become a national disease and entered the Japanese lexicon, how psychiatry has responded to the nation's ailing social order, and how, in a remarkable transformation, psychiatry has overcome the longstanding resistance to its intrusion in Japanese life.

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Since the 1990s, suicide in recession-plagued Japan has soared, and rates of depression have both increased and received greater public attention. In a nation that has traditionally been uncomfortable addressing mental illness, what factors have allowed for the rising medicalization of depression and suicide? Investigating these profound changes from historical, clinical, and sociolegal perspectives, Depression in Japan explores how depression has become a national disease and entered the Japanese lexicon, how psychiatry has responded to the nation's ailing social order, and how, in a remarkable transformation, psychiatry has overcome the longstanding resistance to its intrusion in Japanese life. Questioning claims made by Japanese psychiatrists that depression hardly existed in premodern Japan, Junko Kitanaka shows that Japanese medicine did indeed have a language for talking about depression which was conceived of as an illness where psychological suffering was intimately connected to physiological and social distress.The author looks at how Japanese psychiatrists now use the discourse of depression to persuade patients that they are victims of biological and social forces beyond their control; analyzes how this language has been adopted in legal discourse surrounding "overwork suicide"; and considers how, in contrast to the West, this language curiously emphasizes the suffering of men rather than women. Examining patients' narratives, Kitanaka demonstrates how psychiatry constructs a gendering of depression, one that is closely tied to local politics and questions of legitimate social suffering. Drawing upon extensive research in psychiatric institutions in Tokyo and the surrounding region, Depression in Japan uncovers the emergence of psychiatry as a force for social transformation in Japan.

Table of Contents

        List of Illustrations                      ix
Acknowledgments xi
Chapter One Introduction: Local Forces of 1 (18)
Medicalization
PART ONE Depression in History 19 (64)
Chapter Two Reading Emotions in the Body: 23 (17)
The Premodern Language of Depression
Chapter Three The Expansion of Psychiatry 40 (14)
into Everyday Life
Chapter Four Pathology of Overwork or 54 (13)
Personality Weakness?: The Rise of
Neurasthenia in Early-Twentieth-Century
Japan
Chapter Five Socializing the "Biological" 67 (16)
in Depression: Japanese Psychiatric Debates
about Typus Melancholicus
PART TWO Depression in Clinical Practice 83 (68)
Chapter Six Containing Reflexivity: The 89 (18)
Interdiction against Psychotherapy for
Depression
Chapter Seven Diagnosing Suicides of Resolve 107(22)
Chapter Eight The Gendering of Depression 129(22)
and the Selective Recognition of Pain
PART THREE Depression in Society 151(50)
Chapter Nine Advancing a Social Cause 155(19)
through Psychiatry: The Case of Overwork
Suicide
Chapter Ten The Emergent Psychiatric 174(19)
Science of Work: Rethinking the Biological
and the Social
Chapter Eleven The Future of Depression: 193(8)
Beyond Psychopharmaceuticals
References 201(30)
Index 231