Author Yoo, Theodore Jun, 1972- author
Title It's madness : the politics of mental health in colonial Korea / Theodore Jun Yoo
Imprint Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2016]
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  RC451.K6 Y59 2016    AVAILABLE    30530001270453
Descript xii, 225 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Note "It's Madness examines Korea's critical years under Japanese colonialism when mental health first became defined as a medical and social problem. As in most Asian countries, severe social ostracism, shame, and fear of jeopardizing marriage prospects drove most Korean families to conceal the mentally ill behind closed doors. This book explores the impact of Chinese traditional medicine and its holistic approach to treating mental disorders, the resilience of folk illnesses as explanations for inappropriate and dangerous behaviors, the emergence of clinical psychiatry as a discipline, and the competing models of care under the Japanese colonial authorities and Western missionary doctors. It also analyzes interpretations of culture-bound emotional states that Koreans have viewed as specific to their interpersonal relationships, social experiences, local contexts, and the new medical discourses that the Korean press adopted to reshape social understandings of mental illness. Drawing upon unpublished archival as well as printed sources, this is the first study to examine the ways in which "madness" has been understood, classified, and treated in traditional Korea and the role of science in pathologizing and redefining mental illness under Japanese colonial rule"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-212) and index
Forms of madness -- Madness is ... -- A touch of madness: the cultural politics of emotion -- Madness as a social epidemic -- Conclusion: a method to the madness
Subject Mental illness -- Political aspects -- Korea
Mental illness -- Social aspects -- Korea
Mental illness -- Treatment -- History -- 20th century
Traditional medicine -- Korea
Medicine, Chinese
Korea -- History -- Japanese occupation, 1910-1945
Alt Title It is madness