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MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY: 227 24/11/2009 SIGMUND FREUD: We are threatened with suffering from three directions: from our own body, which is doomed to decay and dissolution and which cannot even do without pain and anxiety as warning signals; from the external world, which may rage against us with overwhelming and merciless forces of destruction; and finally from our relations to other men. The suffering which comes from this last source is perhaps more painful than any other. SOCIAL SUFFERING:”the term social suffering describes collective SOCIAL SUFFERING: Social suffering results from what political, economic, and institutional power does to people, and, reciprocally, from how these forms of power themselves influence responses to social problems. Included under the category of social suffering are conditions that are usually divided among separate fields: health, welfare, and legal, moral, and religious issues. They destabilize established categories. For example, the trauma, pain, and disorders to which atrocity gives rise are health conditions;
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Unformatted text preview: yet they are also political and cultural matters. Similarly, poverty is the major risk factor for ill health and death; yet this is only another way of saying that health is a social indicator and indeed a social process. (Kleinman et. al. 1961) WELFARE COLONIALISM: in the attempt by the Canadian government to help the Inuit, who were perceived to be experiencing social suffering, there was a lot of harm done, essentially the destruction of a way of life. SOCIAL SUFFERING: Includes: Political violence (genocide) , structural violence (structure of society, discrepancy through rich and poor) , colonialism WHY DID KLEINMAN, DAS LOCK. POPULARIZE THE TERM SOCIAL SUFFERING: Retains possibility for non-medical forms of healing Refusal to disenchant o Allows routes for meaning o Redemption through illness Not medicalizing the situation...
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