Ma, Zhiying (2012). Psychiatric Subjectivity and Cultural Resistance

In China, despite the rapid development of psychiatry in the last three decades, many patients and their families still explain mental disorders in non-biomedical terms, and seek help from traditional medical doctors or folk healers rather than psychiatric professionals. This study aims to address the questions of why and how people resist psychiatry, as well as what such resistance reveals about the relationship between subjectivity and modernity in contemporary China, through examining experiences and explanations of schizophrenia in a psychiatric hospital in Guangzhou...

Ma, Zhiying (2012). "Psychiatric Subjectivity and Cultural Resistance: Experience and Explanations of Schizophrenia in Contemporary China." In Andrew Kipnis (ed.), Chinese Modernity and the Individual Psyche. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.