This dissertation examines issues of language, measurement, meaning, vulnerability, and resilience as they relate to the study of mental distress. I draw on interpretive and political economy theoretical orientations to argue that investigations of mental distress must combine attention to systems of meaning-making and structural violence. In the first chapter, I consider how bridging anthropology and epidemiology can advance measurement in global mental health, balancing the sometimes competing goals of ethnographic validity and cross-cultural comparison. In chapter 2, I examine the idiom of distress reflechi twòp (“thinking too much”), a cultural syndrome that indexes intense rumination and social isolation, often linked to perceived failure and lack of agency due to economic conditions. I argue that this idiom of distress serves as an indirect critique of the structural violence at its root.
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“The trees fall from time to time, but the voice of the forest never loses its power. Life begins.”
Jacques Alexis, Les Arbres Musiciens (Paris, 1957)
Oral histories are a powerful tool in developing historical understanding
Oral history offers an alternative to conventional history, filling gaps in traditional research with personal accounts of historically significant events or simply life in a specific place and time. Oral histories do more than provide charming details to dry historical accounts. In fact, oral histories help others recapture lived experiences that are not written down in traditional sources.
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" Bwa pi wo di li wè lwen, men grenn pwomennen di li wè pi lwen pase l "
The tallest tree says that it sees far, but the seed that travels says that it sees even further.
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