Albert Dadas suffered from a strange compulsion that led him to travel obsessively, often without identification, not knowing who he was or why he traveled. Medical reports of Dadas set off at the time a small epidemic of compulsive mad voyagers, the epicenter of which was Bordeaux but which soon spread throughout France to Italy, Germany, and Russia. Today we are besieged by mental illnesses of the moment, such as chronic fatigue syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The debate rages about which of these conditions are affectations or cultural artifacts and which are "real." In Mad Travelers, Ian Hacking uses the Dadas case to weigh the legitimacy of cultural influences versus physical symptoms in the diagnosis of psychiatric disorders. He argues that psychological symptoms find stable homes at a given place and time, in "ecological niches" where transient illnesses flourish.
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002 - Publisher: Harvard University Press
Albert Dadas suffered from a strange compulsion that led him to travel obsessively, often without identification, not knowing who he was or why he traveled. Medical reports of Dadas set off at the time a small epidemic of compulsive mad voyagers, the epicenter of which was Bordeaux but which soon
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-06-01 - Publisher: Post Hill Press
At twenty-three, William Simon Baekeland was well on his way to becoming the world’s best traveled person. The “billionaire” heir to a great plastics fortune had already visited 163 countries, but his real passion was finding ways to visit the world’s most challenging destinations—war torn cities, disputed territories, and remote
Type: BOOK - Published: 2022-03-15 - Publisher: Univ of California Press
"In 1878, Edward Muybridge successfully photographed horses in motion, proving, at the behest of railroad tycoon and former governor of California Leland Stanford, that all four hooves leave the ground for a split second during full gallop. This was an accumulation of Muybridge's decades-long investigations into instantaneous photography, amassed in
Type: BOOK - Published: 2001 - Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
The purpose of this clearly-written volume is to apply a model of social relations to phenomena including hypnosis, hysteria, multiple personality disorder, claims of satanic ritual abuse, alien abduction syndrome, and culture-specific disorders in order to provide a fascinating new explanation for them.
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-06-25 - Publisher: Routledge
While liberal-democratic states like America, Britain and Australia claim to value freedom of expression and the right to dissent, they have always actually criminalized dissent. This disposition has worsened since 9/11 and the 2008 Great Recession. This ground-breaking study shows that just as dissent involves far more than protest marches,