Bad Souls: Madness and Responsibility in Modern Greece by Elizabeth Anne Davis

By Elizabeth Anne Davis

Bad Souls is an ethnographic research of accountability between psychiatric sufferers and their caregivers in Thrace, the northeastern borderland of Greece.

Elizabeth Anne Davis examines accountability during this rural sector throughout the lens of nationwide psychiatric reform, a technique designed to shift remedy from custodial hospitals to outpatient settings. Challenged to assist take care of themselves, sufferers struggled to operate in groups that frequently appeared as a lot assets of psychological pathology as websites of shelter.

Davis records those patients' singular adventure of group, and their ambivalent aspirations to overall healthiness, as they grappled with new sorts of autonomy and dependency brought via psychiatric reform. deliberate, funded, and overseen mostly by way of the ecu Union, this "democratic experiment," one of the reforms followed via Greece on the grounds that its accession to the european within the early Eighties, has led Greek electorate to question the country and its management of human rights, social welfare, and schooling.

Exploring the healing dynamics of prognosis, persuasion, therapeutic, and failure in Greek psychiatry, Davis strains the terrains of fact, tradition, and freedom that emerge from this wondering of the nation on the borders of Europe.

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Stratis offered her cab fare to force her hand, and then she admitted that she just did not want to come to the clinic, though she agreed she was not well. I fight with my husband a lot, especially when he’s drinking. The children are unhappy, they cry all the time. Her brother Sakis was worse, too; he was raving quietly to himself when Stratis approached him. He still seemed eager to go to the clinic, and this time he was given permission, so long as Aliki came with him. Both patients were given injections as a stop-gap measure until persuasion could overcome Aliki’s resistance to the clinic.

It behooved clinicians to proceed with careful attention to Greek particularities: The fact is that we find ourselves in a period of social transformation. New understandings of the etiology and nature of mental disorders, and especially a new awareness of the social rights of disadvantaged persons and our social responsibility toward them, are determining the implementation of many of these new measures in the domain of Mental Health. It is also true that, in most cases, a cost-benefit analysis of these measures happens only in retrospect, in the context of a spirit of synchronization disposed to justify each effort that distances itself from traditional conceptions of how to cope with mental illness.

Some told me they had chosen the psychiatric specialty precisely because this “backward” branch of medicine had the worst reputation for abuses of power. 6 In the late 1970s, this freshly politicized community of doctors put together a number of policy proposals and pilot projects for new psychiatric services targeted to the underserved rural populations of Macedonia and Thrace. 9 Their report in fact presented that centralization as the greatest obstacle to psychiatric reform. ”11 Decentralization emerged as the linchpin of synchronization—itself the essential mechanism of reform that became, over the subsequent decade, its primary objective.

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