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By Junko Kitanaka

Since the Nineties, suicide in recession-plagued Japan has soared, and charges of melancholy have either elevated and got better public realization. In a state that has routinely been uncomfortable addressing psychological sickness, what components have allowed for the emerging medicalization of melancholy and suicide? Investigating those profound adjustments from old, scientific, and sociolegal views, Depression in Japan explores how melancholy has develop into a countrywide ailment and entered the japanese lexicon, how psychiatry has spoke back to the nation's ill social order, and the way, in a striking transformation, psychiatry has triumph over the longstanding resistance to its intrusion in jap life.

wondering claims made by means of jap psychiatrists that melancholy not often existed in premodern Japan, Junko Kitanaka exhibits that eastern medication did certainly have a language for speaking approximately melancholy which was once conceived of as an disease the place mental agony used to be in detail attached to physiological and social misery. the writer appears at how eastern psychiatrists now use the discourse of melancholy to cajole sufferers that they're sufferers of organic and social forces past their keep watch over; analyzes how this language has been followed in criminal discourse surrounding "overwork suicide"; and considers how, unlike the West, this language apparently emphasizes the pain of guys instead of ladies. studying sufferers' narratives, Kitanaka demonstrates how psychiatry constructs a gendering of melancholy, one who is heavily tied to neighborhood politics and questions of valid social suffering.

Drawing upon wide study in psychiatric associations in Tokyo and the encompassing zone, Depression in Japan uncovers the emergence of psychiatry as a strength for social transformation in Japan.

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