Book ID: CBB197772279

Prozak Diaries: Psychiatry and Generational Memory in Iran (2016)


Behrouzan, Orkideh (Author)

Stanford University Press
Publication date: 2016
Language: English

Publication Date: 2016
Physical Details: 328

Prozak Diaries is an analysis of emerging psychiatric discourses in post-1980s Iran. It examines a cultural shift in how people interpret and express their feeling states, by adopting the language of psychiatry, and shows how experiences that were once articulated in the richly layered poetics of the Persian language became, by the 1990s, part of a clinical discourse on mood and affect. In asking how psychiatric dialect becomes a language of everyday, the book analyzes cultural forms created by this clinical discourse, exploring individual, professional, and generational cultures of medicalization in various sites from clinical encounters and psychiatric training, to intimate interviews, works of art and media, and Persian blogs. Through the lens of psychiatry, the book reveals how historical experiences are negotiated and how generations are formed. Orkideh Behrouzan traces the historical circumstances that prompted the development of psychiatric discourses in Iran and reveals the ways in which they both reflect and actively shape Iranians' cultural sensibilities. A physician and an anthropologist, she combines clinical and anthropological perspectives in order to investigate the gray areas between memory and everyday life, between individual symptoms and generational remembering. Prozak Diaries offers an exploration of language as experience. In interpreting clinical and generational narratives, Behrouzan writes not only a history of psychiatry in contemporary Iran, but a story of how stories are told.

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Review Nassir Ghaemi (2020) Review of "Prozak Diaries: Psychiatry and Generational Memory in Iran". History of Psychiatry (pp. 253-254). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Aragona, Massimiliano
Baumohl, Jim
Berrios, German E.
Clarke, Morgan
Delille, Emmanuel
Dunst, Alexander
History of Psychiatry
British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
History of the Human Sciences
IEEE Technology and Society Magazine
Iranian Studies
Duke University Press
Queen's University
I. B. Tauris
MIT Press
Oxford University Press
Mental disorders and diseases
Medicine and culture
Technology and society
Philosophy of medicine
Science and politics
Canguilhem, Georges
Wiener, Norbert
Wimmer, August
Eisenhower, Dwight David
Lovaas, Ole Ivar
Wittkower, Eric
Time Periods
21st century
20th century, late
20th century
19th century
United States
European Union
McGill University (Canada)
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