Jinn, psychiatry and contested notions of misfortune among East London Bangladeshis

Dein, Simon and Alexander, Malcolm and Napier, A. David (2008) Jinn, psychiatry and contested notions of misfortune among East London Bangladeshis. Transcultural Psychiatry, 35 (1). pp. 31-55. ISSN 1363-4615

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Abstract

This study examines understandings of misfortune among east London Bangladeshis, particularly with respect to the role of jinn spirits. It reports on the findings of ethnographic interviews among 40 members of this community. Appeal to jinn explanations is commonplace at times of psychological disturbance and unexplained physical symptoms. Resort to traditional healers is frequent. These explanations are contested by different groups in the community. The findings are examined within the context of a discourse on tradition and modernity with particular emphasis on Islam and modernity. Copyright 2008 SAGE Publications. All rights reserved. Not for commercial use or unauthorized distribution.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bangladeshis, east London, folk psychiatry, mental illness, traditional healers
Subjects: University of Westminster > Science and Technology > Life Sciences, School of (No longer in use)
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2008 17:59
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2010 14:32
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/4675

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