Bipolar Expeditions: Mania and Depression in American Culture

by Emily Martin (Author)

Editorial Reviews

Sander L. Gilman The Lancet : [Emily Martin's] serious and engaging book...is a
much an ethnographical study as it is an autobiographical account. Martin...goes
beyond just seeing how medicated bipolar patients deal with their illness: she
argues that at least one aspect of bipolar disorder is today seen as a model for
a certain type of productive behavior in society. This positive reading of mania
comes...to be part of the way that bipolar patients internalize their illness.
Martin's book documents our late 20th and early 21st century and its treatment
and rehabilitation of bipolar disorder. In examining our world she shows how we
have moved from [a] culture of narcissism to a world of mania.

Rif S. El-Mallakh American Journal of Psychiatry : This book is exceptional in
that it spans the fields of anthropology, psychology, psychiatry, and sociology.
Martin expertly incorporates the literature from these fields with lay
perspectives and experiences from support groups and clinical subjects. This
book provides new insights and a deeper understanding of the bipolar experience
in America.

Tanya Luhrmann, author of "Of Two Minds: An Anthropologist Looks at American
Psychiatry" : In this exciting book, Martin brilliantly sketches out a
relationship between the frenetic pace of modern life and the way in which
bipolar disorder is imagined and evoked. Martin describes the way the diagnosis
comes to carry meaning for those who hold it and the cultural dimensions of the
way in which the illness is understood and experienced.

Charles Rosenberg, Harvard University : Learned, imaginative, and insightful,
Bipolar Expeditions explores experience, stigma, and performance using the
varied tools of ethnography, history, and social theory. Martin's readers will
return from that contested and new-found land called mania with a richer and
more sophisticated understanding of a fundamental aspect of the human condition.

Louis A. Sass, author of "Madness and Modernism" : This is a gracefully written,
lively, and wholly fascinating book. Martin offers a rich and multifaceted
portrait of the role of bipolar illness--and of our notions about bipolar
illness--in contemporary American society. The book is broad-ranging, both in
its focus and in the theoretical perspectives it employs. I do not know of any
other books that address bipolar illness in anything like this fashion.

Lorna A. Rhodes, University of Washington : Bipolar Expeditions is a wonderful
book. It is compellingly written, elegantly structured, both deeply scholarly
and intensely personal. Destined to become an instant classic, the book offers a
strikingly original argument with the potential to change forever how the reader
thinks about 'mental illness.' Martin is a master of popular culture. She is
also in command of a vast psychiatric literature.

Product Details

Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1 edition (July 9, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0691004234



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