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Latah in South-East Asia: The History and Ethnography of a Culture-bound Syndrome (Publications of the Society for Psychological Anthropology) Hardcover – February 24, 1995

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ISBN-13: 978-0521472197 ISBN-10: 0521472199 Edition: 0th

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"...he has produced a quantum jump in the number of known cases and in our knowledge of many of their specifics." Transcultural Psychiatric Research Review

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Latah, the Malayan hyperstartle pattern, has fascinated Western observers since the late nineteenth century and is widely regarded as a 'culture-bound syndrome'. Dr Winzeler critically reviews the literature on the subject, and presents new ethnographic information based on his own fieldwork in Malaya and Borneo. He considers the biological and psychological hypotheses that have been proposed to account for latah, and explains the ways in which local people understand it. Arguing that latah has specific social functions, he concludes that it should not be treated as an 'illness' or 'syndrome'.
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  • Series: Publications of the Society for Psychological Anthropology (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (February 24, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521472199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521472197
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,903,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 1997
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Though the subject of latah, a Malayan hyperstartle pattern, is inherently interesting, Winzeler's in-depth study using both historical documentation and personal fieldwork experiences brings to the reader a sophisticated knowledge of this culture-bound syndrome. Anyone who is interested in insular Southeast Asia, medical anthropology or psychological anthropology should read this book
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