Afflictions pp 49-70 | Cite as

The Lived Experience of Culture and Mental Illness in Indonesia

  • Robert Lemelson
  • Annie Tucker
Part of the Culture, Mind, and Society book series (CMAS)


The authors revisit classic topics in the cross-cultural study of mental illness, such as explanatory models and treatment modalities; review literature and key concepts in the psychiatric and ethnographic study of mental illness in Java and Bali, where Afflictions takes place, including local histories of mental health care, subjective experience of illness and treatment, and sociocultural aspects of recovery; and relate these to their representation in the series. Afflictions presents its findings using six character-based case studies to make psychological anthropology concepts tangible. Film is well suited to such studies when imbued with emotion, conflict, and other forms of “real-life” drama. The cross-cutting themes—and idiosyncrasies—are further elaborated in the next part of the book, each chapter of which addresses a different film.


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  • Robert Lemelson
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  • Annie Tucker
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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