Normal and Abnormal Behavior in Chinese Culture

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A. Kleinman, T.Y. Lin
Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 31, 1980 - Social Science - 436 pages
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Our purpose in assembling the papers in this collection is to introduce readers to studies of normal and abnormal behavior in Chinese culture. We want to offer a sense o/what psychiatrists and social scientists are doing to advance our under standing of this subject, including what fmdings are being made, what questions researched, what conundrums worried over. Since our fund of knowledge is obviously incomplete, we want our readers to be aware of the limits to what we know and to our acquisition of new knowledge. Although the subject is too vast and uncharted to support a comprehensive synthesis, in a few areas - e. g. , psychiatric epidemiology - enough is known for us to be able to present major reviews. The chapters themselves cover a variety of themes that we regard as both intrinsically interesting and deserving of more systematic evaluation. Many of the issues they address we believe to be valid concerns for comparative cross cultural studies. No attempt is made to artificially integrate these chapters, since the editors wish to highlight their distinctive interpretive frameworks as evidence of the rich variety of approaches that scholars take to this subject. 'We see this volume as a modest and self-consciously limited exploration. Here are some accounts and interpretations (but by no means all) of normal and ab normal behavior in the context of Chinese culture that we believe fashion a more discriminating understanding of at least a few important aspects of that subject.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION TO SECTION I
3
K HSIEH and JONATHAN D SPENCE Suicide
29
STEVAN HARRELL Normal and Deviant Drinking in Rural Taiwan
49
Hierarchical Roles
61
Relevance for Mental Illness and Psychiatry
95
INTRODUCTION TO SECTION II
115
A Dialogue
137
WEITSUEN SOONG and KOPING SOONG Sex Difference
157
INTRODUCTION TO SECTION IV
233
RANCE P L LEE Sex Roles Social Status and Psychiatric Symp
273
MAVISTSAI L NEAL TENG and STANLEY SUE Mental Health
291
MARJORIE H KLEIN MILTON H MILLER and A A ALEXAN
311
ARTHUR KLEINMAN and DAVID MECHANIC Mental Illness
331
JUNGKWANG WEN and CHINGLUN WANG ShenKuei Syn
357
ENGSEONG TAN CultureBound Syndromes among Overseas
371
ARTHUR KLEINMAN and TSUNGYI LIN Epilogue
403

INTRODUCTION TO SECTION III
169
JAMES P McGOUGH Deviant Marriage Patterns in Chinese Society
171
WILLIAM L PARISH Family and Community in the Peoples
203
HSIEN RIN The Effect of Family Pathology on Taipeis Juvenile
213
LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS
411
SUBJECT INDEX
420
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