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The Resource Depression in Japan : psychiatric cures for a society in distress, Junko Kitanaka

Depression in Japan : psychiatric cures for a society in distress, Junko Kitanaka

Label
Depression in Japan : psychiatric cures for a society in distress
Title
Depression in Japan
Title remainder
psychiatric cures for a society in distress
Statement of responsibility
Junko Kitanaka
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
Cataloging source
CDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1970-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kitanaka, Junko
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Depression, Mental
  • Psychotherapy
  • PSYCHOLOGY
  • SELF-HELP
  • SELF-HELP
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Depression, Mental
  • Psychotherapy
  • Japan
  • Psychotherapy
  • Medicine
  • Depressive Disorder
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Depression, Mental
  • Depressive Disorder
  • Japan
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Depressive Disorder
  • Psychiatry
  • Suicide
  • Workload
  • Japan
Label
Depression in Japan : psychiatric cures for a society in distress, Junko Kitanaka
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-230) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : local forces of medicalization -- Reading emotions in the body : the premodern language of depression -- The expansion of psychiatry into everyday life -- Pathology of overwork or personality weakness? : the rise of neurasthenia in early-twentieth-century Japan -- Socializing the "biological" in depression : Japanese psychiatric debates about typus melancholicus -- Containing reflexivity : the interdiction against psychotherapy for depression -- Diagnosing suicides of resolve -- The gendering of depression and the selective recognition of pain -- Advancing a social cause through psychiatry : the case of overwork suicide -- The emergent psychiatric science of work : rethinking the biological and the social -- The future of depression : beyond psychopharmaceuticals
Control code
ocn759151927
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 243 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400840380
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
9786613227478
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 322747
  • 22573/cttsnsk
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)759151927
Label
Depression in Japan : psychiatric cures for a society in distress, Junko Kitanaka
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-230) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : local forces of medicalization -- Reading emotions in the body : the premodern language of depression -- The expansion of psychiatry into everyday life -- Pathology of overwork or personality weakness? : the rise of neurasthenia in early-twentieth-century Japan -- Socializing the "biological" in depression : Japanese psychiatric debates about typus melancholicus -- Containing reflexivity : the interdiction against psychotherapy for depression -- Diagnosing suicides of resolve -- The gendering of depression and the selective recognition of pain -- Advancing a social cause through psychiatry : the case of overwork suicide -- The emergent psychiatric science of work : rethinking the biological and the social -- The future of depression : beyond psychopharmaceuticals
Control code
ocn759151927
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 243 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400840380
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
9786613227478
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 322747
  • 22573/cttsnsk
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)759151927

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