Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: To see author affiliation information in an article…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

To see author affiliation and contact information (as available) in an article, simply click on the Information icon next to the author’s name in every journal article.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Gorer, G. (1963). Mohave Ethnopsychiatry and Suicide: The Psychiatric Knowledge and the Psychic Disturbances of an Indian Tribe. By George Devereux. (Washington: U.S. Government. Bureau of American Ethnology. Bulletin 175. 1961. Pp. 586. $3.25.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 44:245-248.

(1963). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 44:245-248

Mohave Ethnopsychiatry and Suicide: The Psychiatric Knowledge and the Psychic Disturbances of an Indian Tribe. By George Devereux. (Washington: U.S. Government. Bureau of American Ethnology. Bulletin 175. 1961. Pp. 586. $3.25.)

Review by:
Geoffrey Gorer

This massive study of the psychiatric beliefs and practices and the incidence of psychopathology in a small tribe of Colorado River Indians not only crowns the quarter of a century of work which Devereux has put into the study of this tribe; it is also an important landmark in the development of the social sciences. For the first time, to the best of my knowledge, technical social anthropology and a sophisticated psycho-analytical technique have been used simultaneously without the one set of concepts dominating the other. This is not merely an anthropological field-study illuminated by the author's psycho-analytic knowledge, nor is it the application of psycho-analytic insights to exotic 'primitive' material (as was the case with the late Géza Róheim's work, for example); the two disciplines are used concurrently, with no ambiguity about which frame of reference is being employed in any portion of the text. It is perhaps relevant that, as Devereux tells us, the greatest part of the data were gathered between 1932 and 1938, during three extended field-trips, when he was not only ignorant of the concepts of psycho-analysis but hoped to use his material (as Malinowski had done earlier) to question the basic postulates of psycho-analysis: 'the congruence of my Mohave data with psycho-analysis is not the result of a pre-existing bias. On the contrary, it was my dawning awareness of this congruence that caused me to become interested in psycho-analysis in the first place'.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2019, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.