Latah in South-East Asia
The History and Ethnography of a Culture-bound Syndrome
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Latah in South-East Asia by Robert L. Winzeler
Book DescriptionLatah, 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 is not appropriate to regard it as an 'illness' or 'syndrome'.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521472197
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 12-Jan-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Robert L. Winzeler
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A critical reassessment of latah, the Malayan hyperstartle pattern, and 'culture-bound syndrome'.
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