Bipolar Expeditions Mania and Depression in American Culture Manic behavior holds an undeniable fascination in American culture today It fuels the plots of best selling novels and the imagery of MTV videos is acknowledged as the driving force for successful en

  • Title: Bipolar Expeditions: Mania and Depression in American Culture
  • Author: Emily Martin
  • ISBN: 9780691141060
  • Page: 494
  • Format: Paperback
  • Manic behavior holds an undeniable fascination in American culture today It fuels the plots of best selling novels and the imagery of MTV videos, is acknowledged as the driving force for successful entrepreneurs like Ted Turner, and is celebrated as the source of the creativity of artists like Vincent Van Gogh and movie stars like Robin Williams Bipolar Expeditions seeksManic behavior holds an undeniable fascination in American culture today It fuels the plots of best selling novels and the imagery of MTV videos, is acknowledged as the driving force for successful entrepreneurs like Ted Turner, and is celebrated as the source of the creativity of artists like Vincent Van Gogh and movie stars like Robin Williams Bipolar Expeditions seeks to understand mania s appeal and how it weighs on the lives of Americans diagnosed with manic depression Anthropologist Emily Martin guides us into the fascinating and sometimes disturbing worlds of mental health support groups, mood charts, psychiatric rounds, the pharmaceutical industry, and psychotropic drugs Charting how these worlds intersect with the wider popular culture, she reveals how people living under the description of bipolar disorder are often denied the status of being fully human, even while contemporary America exhibits a powerful affinity for manic behavior Mania, Martin shows, has come to be regarded as a distant frontier that invites exploration because it seems to offer fame and profits to pioneers, while depression is imagined as something that should be eliminated altogether with the help of drugs.Bipolar Expeditions argues that mania and depression have a cultural life outside the confines of diagnosis, that the experiences of people living with bipolar disorder belong fully to the human condition, and that even the most so called rational everyday practices are intertwined with irrational ones Martin s own experience with bipolar disorder informs her analysis and lends a personal perspective to this complex story.

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    1. I especially recommend this book for anybody who has bipolar disorder or knows somebody close to them struggling with this disorder. Emily Martin has really chosen a personal topic this time. She reveals her own struggles with bipolar disorder and her search for medication. She spent years interviewing people with this disorder, visiting support groups and even interviewing pharmaceutical advertising execs. However what is really interesting about this book is Martin's ability to track mania as [...]

    2. Martin's examination of rationality and irrationality brings up many interesting questions. She looks at things through the lens of an "American culture" that prizes mania in some people under certain circumstances, yet reviles it and is repulsed by it in others in various contexts. (Her generalization of an entrepreneurial American culture is not fully explained nor supported). Martin explores the boundaries of normality and how decisions are made about who is sane and who is insane. Her argume [...]

    3. I read this for an Culture and Personality course at Purdue University. I enjoyed the book. It gave a different perspective on bipolar disorder in the United States than other books I have read. It appeared to be coming from the point of view of the patient at some points instead of just from the point of views of doctors and researchers. I would recommend it to any one interested in mental illness as it is presented in the United States.

    4. i had to give it back because it was an interlibrary loan, but it is great!! ethnography of bipolar disorder in contemp. society. PLUS, as an added bonus for yours truly and other econ-minded folks, chapters on the links btwn bipolar disorder and contemporary, market-driven society. i plan to buy, read and teach it for sure.

    5. The description leads one to believe the book is all about celebrities with mental illness. Thankfully, there wasn't much of that. I appreciated the personal accounts from support groups and grand rounds.

    6. An excellent, and clearly written, ethnography of people with bipolar disorder in the United States. The analysis is top-notch, of course (since it's Emily Martin), but it's also moving and occasionally funny.

    7. i'm just in the first chapter after a long introgood info on researcher as insider/outsider though for all you geeky methodologists :)

    8. Examines mania's ties to creativity and, breaking new ground, suggests how modern culture purposely incites and harnasses mania in "movers and shakers" and Type A personalities to fuel capitalism.

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